Co-Founder of the Els for Autism Foundation |  Publisher & Founder of M. Shanken Communications

Speaker Bio

Marvin R. Shanken is the co-founder of The Els for Autism Foundation along with Ernie and Liezl Els in 2009.

He serves as Chairman of the Foundation and member of the board of directors. For the past 12 years, he has hosted the Els for Autism Pro-Am in Florida which has helped raised over $10 million for the foundation.

In addition, he and his wife Hazel were inspirations behind the highly successful first Autism Innovations and Global Impact Conference: The State of the Science in 2017, as well as this year’s edition focusing on employment outreach for adults on the autism spectrum. The Shanken Family Foundation is the Grand Sponsor of the conference in addition to having been the Grand Sponsor for our inaugural conference.

Marvin is the Chairman of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. publishers of a roster of lifestyle magazines including the Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, and Whisky Advocate.

A recipient of many honors from the industry as well as from various charities, he proudly confesses that improving the quality of life for special needs children is of the highest importance to him.