Jim Gordon

Founder at Edgewater Services LLC

Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon

Founder at Edgewater Services LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

Gordon Foods, Inc.
Gordon's Wholesale, Inc.
Gordon Food Service, Inc.

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5123

Number of Boards

22

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Founder at Reyes Holdings LLC

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Co-Founder at higi SH LLC

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Schwarz Supply Source

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Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The PrivateBank

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Vice Chairman of Public Affairs at Wells Fargo & Co.

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Partner at Edgewater Funds LP

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Co-Founder & Chairman at Rush Street Gaming LLC

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Johnson Publishing Co. LLC

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In The News
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2018
City theater initiative receives $10 million
Marketline Newswire
September 22, 2016
Gordon Food Service appoints president and COO
The Washington Post
September 13, 2013
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Jim Gordon
Founder at Edgewater Services LLC
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Vice Chairman at Gordon Food Service, Inc.

Gordon Food Service, Inc. distributes food and food products. Its product categories encompass prepared food items, meat, bakery product, fruits and vegetables, beverages, grocery items, appetizers and fries, and kitchen and dining supplies. Its brands include Kitchen Essentials, Brickman's, Davis Creek Meats, Hearthstone, Harvest Valley, and Markon. The firm also serves to restaurants and businesses in the healthcare and educational sectors. The company was founded by Isaac Van Westenbrugge in 1897 and is headquartered in Wyoming, MI.

Education
BA

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Memberships
Member
2006 - Current

The Commercial Club of Chicago resulted from the 1907 merger of two predecessor Chicago clubs: the Merchants Club (organized in 1896) and the Commercial Club (organized in 1877). Its most active members included George Pullman, Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, George Armour, Frederic Delano, Sewell Avery, Rufus C. Dawes, and Julius Rosenwald. The club has promoted Chicago's economic development for generations and championed member Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago (1909), also known as Burnham's plan. The plan gave the blueprint for the future growth and development of the entire Chicago region.

Career History
Founder
2005 - Current

Edgewater Services invests in middle market companies located in the US. The firm targets companies sectors such as producer manufacturing, health services, technology services and transportation. They provide financing for growth equity and buyout transaction. They consider minority investments.

Founder & Managing Partner
1991 - Current

The Edgewater Funds is a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois with $1.4 billion in committed capital. Edgewater provides capital and experience to outstanding growth companies. Edgewater's investment approach focuses on funding high quality middle market companies where we can add substantial value through our capital, our experience and our broad network. Often the profitable growth companies in which we invest are not actively seeking capital and it is our demonstrated ability to help accelerate growth that attracts these companies to a partnership with Edgewater. We are able to structure both growth equity (minority) and buyout investments to accommodate the needs of each investment situation. What truly sets Edgewater apart is the wealth of experience that our team brings to our investments. Edgewater’s Partners have been successful CEOs and business leaders themselves. Edgewater’s team includes our Executive Advisory Board made up of nationally prominent business and financial leaders.

Executive Officer
Tenure Unconfirmed
Boards & Committees
Director
Prior - 2010

Based in Trevose, Pennsylvania, Airclic is a global provider of mobile software products that improve the performance of an organization's supply chain, logistics and field services operations. The Company currently serves more than 500 global customers across multiple vertical markets. Key customers include ADP, DB Schenker, Bio Reference Laboratories and Swissport.With more than a decade of experience delivering advanced mobile solutions for global companies, Airclic has developed its Perform product line which combines the Company's Mobile Performance Platform with industry-specific features and functionality. This combination enables Airclic to deliver highly targeted, proven products to address the specific challenges and goals of each market.With real-time tracking and enhanced monitoring of an organization's people, assets and activities, Airclic's products drive improved operational efficiencies and productivity to help customers measurably reduce costs, improve service delivery and increase customer retention.Its Software as a Service (SaaS) products are hardware-independent and seamlessly integrate into an organization's existing processes and infrastructure. This ensures its customers have fast, easy implementations and see a rapid return on their investment. The company also provides Mobility Consulting Services to facilitate the implementation and adoption of its products.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

Bankers Trust Corporation ("Bankers Trust") was a publicly traded New York corporation, and the parent company of a group of corporations engaged in the banking business.

Member, Executive Committee
Current

Inspired by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Big Shoulders Fund was founded by a group of business and civic leaders in 1986 to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. For more than twenty-eight years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children in need achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education. They accomplish this by investing more than $20 million annually in scholarship support and academic enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, leadership development programs for the next generation of school leaders, and academic programs and professional development for teachers. Big Shoulders is unique in that administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income, which ensures 100 percent of funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve. For eleven years in a row, they have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for operating efficiently and transparently, a status held by just one percent of charities. It is important to Big Shoulders Fund that all donors are informed and educated on the organization’s health and success.

Member, Board of Trustees
Prior

Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa, U.S. known for its rigorous academics and tradition of social responsibility. It was founded in 1846, when a group of New England Congregationalists established the Trustees of Iowa College. Grinnell College is located in the town of Grinnell, Iowa, about halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City. The main campus is bounded by 6th Avenue (which is also Highway 6) on the south, 10th Avenue on the north, East Street on the east and Park Street on the west. The 120-acre (0.49 km2) campus contains sixty-three buildings ranging in style from Collegiate Gothic to Bauhaus.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center) serves as both a presidential memorial and the nation's center for the performing arts.

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$1,000 +
2012

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

$1,000 +
2010

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

$50K - $100K
2002

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of art. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Its programs include Dance, Live Art, Music, Screenings, Theater and Workshops. The company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Base Partner at Jet Linx Aviation LLC

$2,000
2010

Founder at Methuselah Advisors LLC

$250
2009

Senior Director at The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (Wealth Management)

Transactions
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Lazard Ltd. purchases Edgewater Funds LP

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Edgewater Growth Capital Partners III Co-invest Fund LP raised money in a private placement transaction

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Edgewater Growth Capital Partners III LP raised money in a private placement transaction

Events
Speaker
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2012 Milken Institute Global Conference

Through a unique international agenda and some of the smartest speakers on the planet, the Milken Institute Global Conference tackles the world’s most difficult challenges in an array of fields - from finance and philanthropy, to the environment and education, to government and health.

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