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THE MAKO GROUP
A BRIDGE BETWEEN NATIONS
S P O T L I G H T

ept. , : A day no American
alive at the time will ever forget.
Nor will two Israelis who experienced the terror firsthand.
Shay Granov and Addy Sandler, who had already seen untold
terrors in their homeland, witnessed the destruction of
New York City's World Trade Center. Incredibly, Manhattan
became a battlefield precisely like those experienced by the
two throughout their lives as citizens and military officers of
war-torn Israel.
"As I watched people march through the streets of
Manhattan on /, everyone dazed and covered in white ash, I thought, 'Oh, these
people, they are now faced with living the life we [Israelis] have lived,'" Sandler
remembered. "I will never forget it."
From his military experience, Sandler knew Israeli products and expertise in security
and defense could help the United States. And as he observed the aftermath of the
/ terror attacks on television, he realized he could contribute and make a difference
for America. He envisioned a bridge between the two countries that would allow the
United States to tap into Israel's security network.
Meanwhile, Granov envisioned a similar service to America-one highly focused on
bringing Israeli technology to America.
Today, The Mako Group, an -year-old company led by Sandler and Granov,
provides a unique product and technology pathway and communications connection
between the United States and Israel. Mako is focused on identifying problems and
challenges faced by those who fight terrorism daily and providing solutions.
Sandler, Mako's , and Granov, Mako's vice president, come from similar
backgrounds, as do their wives. In Israel, all are required to serve in the military. Both
men's military service took paths into security and intelligence, and both were released
as lieutenants.
At the end of Sandler's service, he joined the Israeli Secret Service and served there
for five years, then was sent by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to the Israeli Embassy to the
.. He was stationed in New York City, where his wife also continued her service at the
department that made purchases for the Israeli military and security forces.
Granov found his way to New York after serving four years in the Israeli Special
Forces and  years in the reserve. Post-military, he moved into the fast-paced realm
of business start-ups in the field of technology-both areas in which Israel excels.
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As the company he worked for grew,
Granov traveled to New York to help
foster its expansion.
"The events of / are the reasons
Mako exists," Sandler said. "What we
saw that day reminded us of everything
we'd experienced in Israel, especially the
suicide bombers that struck everywhere
(during the late 's). In security, we often
were on scene just  minutes after an
incident and saw everything ... in chaos,
total destruction. I'll never forget saying,
'Everything we had in Israel is coming
here,' and then thinking, 'I know there are
ways I can help.'"
In , during the .. Iraqi invasion,
Granov and Sandler operated their own
security ventures, as .. entities. They
and their companies had similar views
on what they felt they could accomplish
to help .. military and law enforcement
newly embroiled in fighting terror, at
home and overseas. Sandler was focused
on products, and Granov on technology.
But still each knew nothing of the other.
As fate would have it, Granov's
brother, who lived in Atlanta, had worked
with Sandler. He connected the two men
in New York, where upon meeting they
realized they collectively had a treasure
trove of business connections and an
intimate understanding of what the
Israeli network had to offer.
"During the invasion of Iraq, we
would watch the news every day, all
day long," Sandler added. "We would


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