Adam Kaufman

Carol A. Melton Executive-in-Residence

After speaking at a conference for entrepreneurs Adam hosted in Cleveland in 2014, PathNorth founder Doug Holladay asked Adam to get involved with this unique organization as the PathNorth board decided it was time to grow.  Since that time, Adam has spent considerable time with PathNorth in Washington, DC, as well as representing the organization throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Adam feels blessed to have spent more than 20 years working with so many interesting and successful leaders, so as the Carol A. Melton Executive-in-Residence for PathNorth, his work is focused on identifying successful individuals and families who share the PathNorth ethos and listening to active PathNorth members and partners in the hope of deeper engagement.

Adam also spends significant time in early-stage venture capital, in both Cleveland and Northern California, and with Up2 Foundation. He has been a small business owner as well as the president of a national non-profit, and Adam and his wife Claire tell others that PathNorth is a 'way of life' for them.

What is something about you that would surprise others? I used to complain about how thick my hair was and how long it took to dry (circa 1989).

What is your favorite PathNorth memory? So hard to pick just one...London was a week's worth of unforgettable moments, but if just one, perhaps...sitting at the foot of gorgeous Mt. Blanc at our 2016 Chamonix Experience with 12 other PathNorthians, asking member Osyris Uqoezwa, an international race relations expert, to share his comments on the protests taking place in his hometown of Charlotte, at the very time we were all together.

What is your top bucket list travel destination? Thanks to PathNorth I was able to achieve one of my lifelong goals, attending a tennis match at Wimbledon. Now, a soccer match at storied Anfield watching my beloved Liverpool (the world's best football club), sits atop the list. 


An unexamined life is not worth living.
— Socrates