Publisher, Founder of M. Shanken Communications, and Co-Founder of the Els for Autism Foundation

Speaker Bio

Marvin R. Shanken is a publisher and founder of M. Shanken Communications. M. Shanken Communication’s roster of lifestyle publications includes Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, and Whisky Advocate. In 2019, Shanken was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MPA, the Association of Magazine Media, honoring individuals who have made longstanding contributions to the magazine media industry and society. In 2018, Shanken received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Meininger Verlaga — a German media company founded in 1903 specializing in wine and spirits trade publications — for his impact on the global wine industry. In 2012, Shanken was named among the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation.

Marvin R. Shanken is a co-founder of the Els for Autism Foundation along with Ernie and Liezl Els. He currently serves as the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board.