Dan Gordon: Showing Up And Saying YES!

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Dan Gordon is currently serving as the Office Executive Director for Jabian Consulting’s Headquarters in Atlanta. His promotion into this role created a milestone for the firm, as previously only the founders served in this senior position. Jabian, established in 2006, is an award-winning consultancy with offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, and Dallas. Prior to Jabian, he served as Emory University’s Chief of Staff and on the President’s Leadership Team.  Before Emory, Mr. Gordon was the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta supporting twenty-one direct reports and more than 8,500 employees. Appointed by the Mayor, and unanimously approved by City Council, Mr. Gordon oversaw all city operating departments and a $2 billion budget. Mr. Gordon completed more than $10  billion in transactions, helped the city to reach record cash reserves and eight credit rating increases, co-negotiated one of the largest aviation transactions on record, and was instrumental in the city’s largest expansion since Buckhead in 1952. He received the highest Mayoral honor, the Phoenix Award, for his service.

Prior to the city, Mr. Gordon served as the Senior Vice President of Operations at The  Home Service Store (HSS), a Roark Capital company. In this role, Mr. Gordon oversaw roughly 750 team members across the country and approximately 40,000 large ticket installation projects. Before HSS, Mr. Gordon was the Chief Operating Officer of  Extremity Healthcare, Inc. (EHI), a management services company that supports more than 15 entities and several hundred thousand patient encounters annually.  

In 2007, Mr. Gordon was recruited to become the Director of Business Development for AMB Group – the management and support services arm for Arthur M. Blank’s diverse businesses – and Co-Founder and Vice President of the Atlanta Falcons Physical  Therapy Centers (AFPTC), where he worked for more than six years. AFPTC retained all  Center Directors since inception under his leadership and was sold to a public company in 2013. Mr. Gordon’s other responsibilities included analyzing and structuring a variety of investments and leading special projects for the Blank Family and Atlanta Falcons.  

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gordon worked at North American Properties in commercial real estate development and at The Home Depot in the Business Leadership Program and Strategic Business Development. He also played a core role in a $6B private label credit transaction, still in effect for more than fifteen years. 

Mr. Gordon graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in International Studies. He later earned his M.B.A. at Emory University in one year concentrating in Finance and  Real Estate. He also completed coursework at Harvard University and the London  School of Economics. He was awarded the Integrity Award by his peers at graduation. Mr. Gordon is a proud graduate of The Lovett School. 

In the community, Mr. Gordon enjoys supporting youth-at-risk and inclusion initiatives that unite Atlanta. He serves or served in the following capacities: Past Board Chair &  Current Executive Committee Member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015, L.E.A.D. Class of 2009 – Leadership Atlanta, Board Member & Unity for a Difference Co-Chair – Families First, Member – Rotary Club of Atlanta, Member – Society of International  Business Fellows, Trustee – Outstanding Atlanta, Chair – ELC for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Board Member – Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, Member – 2018 College  Football National Championship, Executive Board of Visitors – Emory University, Board  Member and Treasurer – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Co-Founder – Grady  Hospital Ambassador Force, Capital Campaign Committee – Atlanta Community Food  Bank, and J-Screen Advisory Board Member – Marcus Foundation. He is also a member of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2015.  

Mr. Gordon is married to his college sweetheart from Emory. They are the proud parents of twin daughters and two rescue dogs.

Chat Highlights

  1. When was the first time you remembered saying YES in your career that started positive momentum?
  2. Why has being involved on numerous boards and serving in the community become such an important part of your life?
  3. What questions can leaders be asking of themselves and others that will help them determine where to show up and what to say YES to?
  4. What have you learned that it takes to serve successfully on a non-profit board?

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