The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World

The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World

by Brandon Vallorani


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Life. Liberty. and the Pursuit of the American Dream.

You have a good life to live.

Regardless of your beginnings, you have the right to pursue your dream

of a better life—a certain way of living and a legacy that will extend past

your mortal years for generations.

So, what—or who—is getting in your way?

Certainly not Brandon Vallorani, who in his American Dream success

story, The Wolves and the Mandolin, reminisces on his family’s humble

beginnings to inspire anyone to pursue the finer things in the world with the

greatest ambition by sharing his adventures as a successful entrepreneur

and family man, his philosophy of business and management, and the

path he took to create the legend behind a quality brand.

The Vallorani brand serves as an intense reminder that you can celebrate

the privilege of life in style—and that to work, pursue, and maintain that

life with vigor is an honor of the highest.

Now, sit back, relax, and prepare to be entertained, inspired, and armed

with an “I can do this!” attitude.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998365572
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 858,748
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brandon Vallorani CEO of Vallorani Estates and author of The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World

Brandon Vallorani is a practiced entrepreneur and accomplished CEO. He founded a five-time Inc. 5000 media conglomerate, and now has shifted his focus to Vallorani Estates, a luxury brand of fresh-roasted coffee, wine, cigars and olive oil with plans to expand into other luxury goods, as well as a coffee and wine bar. This exclusive lifestyle brand is curated for those with exquisite taste, reminiscent of the days of yesteryear when life was simpler.

He is author of the new book, The Wolves and the Mandolin: Celebrating Life's Privileges In A Harsh World (ForbesBooks, March 20, 2017). The Wolves and the Mandolin follows the Vallorani family’s modest beginnings in Italy, shares legend-worthy stories of their first years in America, and culminates with Brandon’s success as an entrepreneur. Vallorani provides his philosophies in business and management, and the path taken to create a quality brand of hand-curated luxury products, Vallorani Estates.

Vallorani began his career in the non-profit sector, quickly rising through the ranks to become director of media, and then executive vice president. He simultaneously earned his Master of Business Administration, a testimony to his hard-working attitude and drive that would propel him through the rest of his career. He went on to boost revenue at another non-profit from a few hundred thousand dollars to several million per year in a period of only three years.

This “work hard, play hard” attitude is the basis for the Vallorani brand. A curator of life’s privileges, Vallorani enjoys handpicking items for those who know the value of taking a business meeting out of the board room and into a backyard – a theme he explores in The Wolves and the Mandolin.

“The wolves and the mandolin story has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. A great-uncle was stuck in a tree surrounded by wolves. He played his mandolin to pass the time, and the beautiful music calmed the wolves and my great-uncle made it away safely,” Vallorani says. “This tale reminds us that beauty can be found even in the midst of growling wolves and that even the fiercest wolves can be calmed.”

Vallorani graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in graphic design. He also holds of Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College. He lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife, seven children and two dogs. In his free time, he enjoys playing in casinos around the country and world. For more information, please visit

Table of Contents

Foreword i

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: The Wolves and the Mandolin-Why This Book? 1

Chapter 1 "A Pretty Tough Guy" 9

Chapter 2 The American Generation 21

Chapter 3 The Education of an Entrepreneur 39

Chapter 4 The Genesis of a Leader 55

Chapter 5 A Vision for America 67

Chapter 6 The Tipping Point 79

Chapter 7 An Entrepreneur's Dream 87

Chapter 8 Facing Your Wolves 103

Chapter 9 Coming Home: Vallorani Estates 127

In Closing 157

Photos 161

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