Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Board & Staff

Jeff Gordman

Jeff Gordman is president of Jeff Gordman Advisory LLC, which is engaged in two primary businesses: a consulting practice serving the retail (apparel, footwear, accessories, home decor, grocery), restaurant and hospitality industries; as well as an investment firm providing angel, private equity and venture capital to companies in the consumer and health care industries. Gordman currently serves on the board of directors of Worldwide Camping Holdings, a rapidly growing, multi-channel pioneer in the outdoor camping equipment industry with more than $200 million in annual retail sales. Gordman is also the senior advisor to the board of directors and CEO of AML Foods, a publicly-traded retailer based in the Bahamas operating a variety of formats including grocery, price club, and supercenter stores.  Regarding nonprofit boards, in addition to Bemis, Gordman currently serves on the board of directors of the Omaha Symphony, the Omaha Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, and the advisory board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska.

Gordman served an 18-year tenure as president and CEO of Gordmans Stores Inc. (NASDAQ: GMAN), which operated 95 everyday value-oriented department stores in 20 states, employed 5,000 associates, and generated annual revenues of $620 million at the time of his retirement in 2014. Gordman sold the Company to a large private equity firm in 2008, continuing as CEO to lead an initial public offering of common stock in 2010 as well as a secondary public offering in 2012. During the last three years of his tenure as CEO, Gordman expanded the store base by 40% as well as positioned the company to double in size with the addition of a 540,000 square foot state-of-the-art distribution center and a new corporate headquarters featuring a completely open, collaborative workspace design.

Gordman graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and earned a Master of Science degree in management from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
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