Jordan Sadoff: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
- Harper College Educational Foundation
- September 26, 2018
- September 26, 2018
CEO, Restore Hair Restoration
Career entrepreneur Jordan Sadoff has always had a knack for business. But he credits Harper College with bringing clarity to his ambitions.
“My very first class I took at Harper was an economics class. All of the analogies really sunk in,” Sadoff said. “It was the first time that I really felt like something clicked in my mind about a career path I wanted to pursue.”
Since attending Harper (1996-1997) alongside his twin brother and business partner Jacob, Sadoff has gone on to earn a marketing degree from Northern Illinois University, helm the toy-and-plush distributor JJ Bean and cofound the consumer gold and silver-purchasing company GoldMax — which at its height had 225 retail locations and brought in $300 million in revenue.
Today, Sadoff is cofounder and president of Restore Hair, a hair restoration business that has been turning heads in Chicago for its billboard ads featuring former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
“My brother Jake and I both had a hair restoration procedure on the same day when we were 28 years old. It had this profound impact on me,” said Sadoff, who in 2013 decided to team up with the doctor who did his procedure.
“Who’s the biggest bald guy in Chicago?” Sadoff thought, approaching Urlacher’s agent for a celebrity endorsement. “Brian showing the world his hair really opened up the door. He was able to help us change that stigma.”
Thanks to the success of Restore Hair, Sadoff and his brother were finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The brothers have also given back to the community by sponsoring the Jacob and Jordan Sadoff Scholarship at Harper College. “I believe so strongly in education,” Sadoff said. “It’s the whole teach-a-man-to-fish concept.”
He appreciates that Harper was foundational to his business career, for its convenience, affordability and closeness to home. “I wanted to be able to save money in those first two years of school,” said Sadoff, who worked full time while attending.
Sadoff is also never far from Harper physically — “I literally live in Harper’s backyard,” said the Palatine resident. “My daughter and I ride our bikes around campus.”