Gordon serves as Principal for Capitaline Advisors, which he founded in 2002. In addition to a proven track record as an entrepreneur and leader in the renewable energy industry, he has more than 25 years of experience in banking, investing, and building and managing successful businesses. In 1989, Gordon began his executive career as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Coastal Virginia Bank in Virginia Beach. Three years later, he was named to a similar role with Fishback Financial Corporation, a multi-bank holding company with $1 billion in assets located in Brookings, SD. In 1997, Gordon assumed additional duties as President and Director of First National Venture Capital, a subsidiary of First Bank and Trust, also in Brookings.
In 2004, Gordon, Capitaline, and a group of investors launched US BioEnergy Corporation, a producer and marketer of ethanol and distillers grains. He became CEO and Chairman of the Board in December 2005. One year later, US BioEnergy launched a successful IPO trading on the NASDAQ Global Market.
Gordon was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics from South Dakota State University, where he has served as an adjunct Professor of Economics. He is a frequent speaker at business and academic forums on biofuels and sits on several corporate boards.
Over the past two decades, Gordon has bought farmland for his own portfolio and today holds nearly 1,000 acres. He grew up on a farm in eastern South Dakota where he still enjoys returning to hunt and fish. Gordon and his wife Jerilynn live in White Bear Lake, MN, and have two grown children.