Mac Harman

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Balsam Brands

Mac’s entrepreneurialism first surfaced at age three when he started selling dead tennis balls repurposed as dog toys to neighbors from his trusty red Radio Flyer wagon. In 2006, Mac founded Balsam Hill in his Palo Alto, CA apartment. Fifteen years later, Balsam Hill is a $250M+ direct-to-consumer retailer of holiday and home décor products in North America, Europe, and Australia and in 2016 was named to Forbes’ inaugural list of “America’s Best Small Companies.” On slow news days, Mac can be found discussing holiday décor and Christmas trees in various media outlets.

Previously, Mac served as CEO of Progress Wire Products, in marketing for Clorox, in business development for the Cleveland Clinic, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Mac has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and honored on the Silicon Valley "40 under 40" list. He is an angel investor, mentor, and board advisor to various startups and is an advocate of the “Evergreen” business model when possible versus VC or PE backing. Mac is a committed husband and father, avid skier, and holds degrees from Stanford Business School and Williams College.

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