Founder


Martin N. (Marty) Sandler

Marty Sandler, second from left, with (left to right) Paula Ben-Gurion, David Ben-Gurion, Sam Neeman, and Moshe Share.

Marty Sandler, second from left, with (left to right) Paula Ben-Gurion, David Ben-Gurion, Sam Neeman, and Moshe Share.

Marty Sandler (1917-2011) was a visionary who led a group of Chicago business leaders to establish the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) in 1958. He also built the first four-star hotel in Israel, which the Sheraton Corporation chose as its first management property outside the United States. 

Marty was active in the Chamber for more than five decades, serving as the Chamber's President, as a member of the Executive Committee and as a driving force to create the multi-city Association of America-Israel Chambers of Commerce.  

His leadership was recognized by the creation of the Chamber's Sandler Award.  It is bestowed upon a distinguished and committed Chamber leader in recognition of the recipient's efforts and achievements to advance our mission to foster business links between the US and Israel.  Marty was presented with the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Marty was born in Minneapolis, MN. He was the son of Samuel Sandler and Clara Heller Sandler, and younger brother to Isadore Donald Sandler. Marty grew up on the North Side of Minneapolis, and was very active in Talmud Torah and AZA. He also lettered in track, was a cheerleader and wrote for the Polaris newspaper at North High School. He graduated in accounting from the University of Minnesota, after which he served in the US Navy during World War II as a Lieutenant JG and Gunnery Officer in the Pacific.

After the war, he and a childhood friend opened Sandler-Zieve Accounting Consultants. This was the first of many business endeavors he created and built throughout his life, including Toni Hair Care Products Company, later sold to the Gillette Company; the Hotel Corporation of Israel, which funded the first four-star hotel in Israel managed by Sheraton Hotels; Peau Seche/Sweat Products; Ero Industries; and philanthropically, in addition to the AICC, the Gastro-Intestinal Research Corporation and Thresholds, for which he purchased a family facility in Rockford, IL.