A few days ago (Monday, 11/13), I attended Company Folders’ grand opening celebration in Downtown Pontiac, Michigan. I was running late because Zephaniah was fussy and, you know, #momlife. Nevertheless, I made it out just in time to meet Vladimir Gendelman, Founder and CEO of the business, before the event ended.
Gendelman was excited about the company’s big move to Pontiac. The company relocated from Keego Harbor to Downtown Pontiac. Keego Harbor is about 4 miles from Pontiac.
Gendelman bought the new building and had it renovated with a “modern design while still maintaining the integrity of the historic structure that was built about a century ago.” The building includes an open floor plan, exposed ceilings, and an updated exterior.
Coming from Humble Beginnings
Gendelman’s story of how he came to America is an inspiring one. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Gendelman immigrated to America in 1990 with his parents. At the time they came to America, he had less than $500. Now he is an accomplished businessman running a very successful company.
According to Company Folder’s news release, Gendelman started a folder company because a client of a former business was having trouble finding presentation folders. After trying to help the client search for the folders, Gendelman realized very little existed in this field and started Company Folders in 2003.
Making a Difference in the Community
I asked Gendelman how the company’s move to Pontiac will positively impact the community. He told me once the company gets settled, he will look for ways to positively impact the community. Gendelman wants to explore the city more and meet with others to learn how he and his company can make an impact in the community and “spread the goodness”.
“When I came to look at Pontiac as a possible place to move to, I looked around and it was great, but then I started talking to people,” Gendelman said. “And that’s when I realized Pontiac has this very close knit community and the people are very genuine and authentic and I love that.”
He went on to say, “The reason I love that is because I consider myself to be very authentic. And it’s important to me that I everything I do goes well with my own personal core values.
I learned that Company Folders new building will give the company the opportunity to grow five to six times in size. Right now, the company’s short-term goal is to hire 16 people in content development, marketing, and technology. The first new hires started on Monday, November 13th.
Company Folder’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Pontiac city representatives, the Pontiac Regional Chamber, and Main Street Pontiac attended Company Folder’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Deputy Oakland County Executive Matt Gibb presented Gendelman with a special proclamation saluting him and the business for its many achievements.
One of those great achievements is making the Inc. 5000’s list of fastest growing companies in America for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
“The best thing we can do in Oakland County is create an environment where people find success and get the heck out of the way,” Gibb said. “And for this great company, we want to do just that.”
Pontiac’s Deputy Mayor Jane Bais-DiSessa said of Company Folders move:
“Company Folders coming to Pontiac really expands the city’s workforce development agenda by bringing new businesses to our city. It also brings new jobs to our local residents.”
“Pontiac is truly moving forward by becoming a technology hub to the Metro Detroit Area, and Company Folders is one of those businesses we hope to continue to attract.”
Bais-DiSessa was impressed with Gendelman’s story of coming to America. “Mr. Gendelman, you are a true example of the American dream,” she said.
President of Main Street Pontiac’s Daniela Walters on Company Folders’ joining the Chamber and Main Street Pontiac:
“The importance of having businesses like Company Folders become involved with Main Street Pontiac is that they can provide insight into what their team and customers want to see in downtown, help drive the direction in which our community grows, network with other employees and residents in the area to build a support structure and form a close-knit community, and provide an outlet to become involved with the downtown.”
Company Folders Offers 10% Discount
Company Folders is offering a 10% discount company’s website to its fellow Pontiac businesses when they use the promo code: ENERGIZEPONTIAC.
Visit www.companyfolders.com for more information about the company and its services.
Company Folders’ headquarters is now located at 22 W. Huron St. Pontiac, Michigan.
Special thanks to Company Folders for inviting Good Life Detroit to their grand opening celebration!