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John Gordon | Penn Wharton Chapter


Featured MemberJohn is a Class of 2021 MBA student at the Wharton School majoring in both finance and accounting. He is active in the Adam Smith Society, Veteran’s Club, Whiskey Club, Hockey Club, and others. Before and during business school, he interned in various lower middle-market private equity firms and small hedge funds, and after graduation will be working at the private equity firm LFM Capital in Nashville, TN. Before attending Wharton, John spent nine years as an Army Aviation Blackhawk helicopter officer based out of Fort Campbell, KY, where he spent four years in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and five years in the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment). During these periods he served in a range of pilot and key leadership roles, and has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a total of 18 months. John graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. He enjoys skiing, surfing, mountain biking, 80s rock music, backpacking with his fiancé and lab mix, homebrewing beer, and Nashville Predators hockey.

Name something you’ve gained from your membership in the Adam Smith Society that you feel like you could not have gotten elsewhere in your MBA program.
 
The Society has provided me incredibly unique perspectives from some of the world's leading academic, business, and public leaders via the online webinar series. Their insights are often rooted in reason and facts, as opposed to the sensationalism so prevalent in various modern media. As a result, I find them much more enlightening than the common viewpoints that the mainstream business world tends to follow. Also, I have met some of my best friends in school through the club!
 
How do you curate your intellectual diet? What blogs, publications, etc. do you ready regularly?
 
I enjoy reading classic literature when time permits—on a daily basis however, I have a network of friends that consistently shares intellectual articles we feel are relevant. I appreciate the variety gained through having multiple perspectives from different groups of friends. Some of my favorites daily news/blogs include: American Thinker, Wall Street Journal business sections, Seeking Alpha, Value Walk, and ZeroHedge.
 
MBAs are used to being interviewed and having an employer make an offer. But, let's turn it around. What if you could pick your boss? If you could choose any entrepreneur, CEO, or political leader to go work for, and learn from, who would it be and why?
 
There are two individuals that I would say are tied for “dream boss”: Peter Thiel and Warren Buffett. The qualities I appreciate most in them are their tenacity, competency, and willingness to challenge norms and set a new precedent. Additionally, both have a great deal of nonpartisan respect from those in their respective communities—something that has become increasingly rare in today's society. And of course, both are outstanding proponents for capitalism and examples of free-market success!
 
Do you plan to continue in the private equity/ hedge fund space following graduation?
 
Yes, I had a great time interning in these industries over my MBA summer and just recently signed an offer to work as a private equity investor in Nashville. I gained an interest in investing while in the US Army and found myself using a great deal of my free time both learning about and practicing investing on my own—my experiences so far have confirmed my professional interest and aptitude in this business. I'm hoping to expand on my self-taught and MBA-centric knowledge base to further advance my skillset over the next few years and begin a long-term career!
 
Who/what is your favorite 80s rock band or song?
 
Rush is one of my all-time top bands, and my favorite from the era. My favorite essential 80s songs are probably "Jump" by Van Halen, or "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac.
 
Give us an insider tip on homebrewing beer, or biggest fail!
 
Insider tip: Since IPAs are just a few grains and tons of hops, they are almost impossible to mess up.
 
Biggest fail: Make sure your fermentation chambers' pressure release valves aren't clogged...or you will experience a loud "POP" followed by a frothy beer geyser when you least expect it!

More About Josh

Before and during business school, he interned in various lower middle-market private equity firms and small hedge funds, and after graduation will be working at the private equity firm LFM Capital in Nashville, TN. Before attending Wharton, John spent nine years as an Army Aviation Blackhawk helicopter officer based out of Fort Campbell, KY, where he spent four years in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and five years in the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment). During these periods he served in a range of pilot and key leadership roles, and has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a total of 18 months. John graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. He enjoys skiing, surfing, mountain biking, 80s rock music, ba

 

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