Unequaled breadth of experience and depth of knowledge set The Gordian Group apart as the leader and innovator in our space. From the top down, we have assembled a team that has no peer in order to provide best-in-class solutions to our clients. Ours are the most successful Job Order Contracting solutions in the world, and our people are the #1 reason why.
Harry H. Mellon, Chairman
Chairman and Founder of The Gordian Group, Mr. Mellon is responsible for providing programmatic and technical expertise for developing and implementing JOC programs. Mr. Mellon invented the family of contracting systems known as JOC in 1981 while serving as Chief Engineer, Army Corps of Engineers for NATO operations in Europe.
After retiring from the Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Mellon realized that any organization would benefit greatly from the advantages of JOC. In 1990, he started The Gordian Group for the sole purpose of providing the consulting services, software and documents necessary to develop, implement, and support JOC programs.
Prior to starting The Gordian Group, Mr. Mellon served as a Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Federal Services Division at CRSS, Inc. At CRSS he was responsible for a full service architectural/engineering design division consisting of two regional offices. Mr. Mellon served as the Principal-in-Charge and Project Manager for numerous Federal, State and City projects ranging in value from $55 million to $130 million.
William L. Pollak, CEO
Mr. Pollak joined The Gordian Group as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. He is responsible for the ongoing development of Job Order Contracting systems, as well as the expansion into data publishing.
With an extensive background in the media and information industry, Mr. Pollak has a record of guiding transformation and creating value in the businesses he has led. Most recently, he held the role of president and CEO of ALM Media, LLC for 14 years since the company's formation. There, Mr. Pollak led the company through its transformation from a traditional, print-based publisher into a digital provider of paid news, business information and workflow tools. Prior to that, he spent 16 years at The New York Times Company, where he led the newspaper's circulation and advertising departments.
Mr. Pollak serves on the boards of MultiView, Inc., publisher of digital advertising directories for associations, and iCopyright, a provider of content monetization services to publishers and bloggers. Mr. Pollak is a graduate of Harvard College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert D. Coffey, President
President of The Gordian Group, Mr. Coffey co-founded The Gordian Group with Mr. Mellon in 1990 to develop and implement JOC programs for public owners throughout the United States. Mr. Coffey is responsible for day to day operations and performance of the JOC Operations.
Thomas J. DiGangi, Jr., VP, Government and Regulatory Affairs
A 19-year veteran of legislative offices, public agencies and industry associations, Mr. DiGangi brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to his role in creating local, state and federal government strategy. Mr. DiGangi is responsible for establishing and developing relationships to affect positive change in regulations and legislation that will impact the construction procurement business.
Mr. DiGangi has experience working with public officials, as well as a sound knowledge of the construction industry, stemming from his most recent role as Executive Director of Associated General Contractors of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Rutgers University.
Greg Hanson, VP, New Business and Product Development
Mr. Hanson leads new business and product development for The Gordian Group and is responsible for expanding and enhancing the companyís portfolio of products and developing, launching, and managing new products.
Mr. Hansonís 20-year career spans multiple industries and includes experience in astrophysics, retail construction, B2B internet startups, and large scale B2C internet marketing. The common thread being a deep passion for creating value through innovation. Prior to joining The Gordian Group, Mr. Hanson was COO of Tree.com where he managed RealEstate.com, a national real estate broker with $1B in sales, started and launched new verticals in home services, education, healthcare, and insurance, and managed overall product development for LendingTree.com. Prior to Tree.com, Mr. Hanson was CEO of Guildquality, a performance benchmarking SAAS platform for homebuilders. Prior to this, Mr. Hanson served as Chairman and CEO of Bullhorn, the leading SAAS platform for staffing companies.
Mr. Hanson has a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Middlebury College and a M.S. in Engineering and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Robert Kelbe, VP, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Kelbe heads the companyís technology endeavors as it leads the industry. In this role, he applies the latest electronic-services capabilities to continue to revolutionize the construction-procurement industry. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining Gordianís Job Order Contracting products and services, as well as eGordian, the cloud-based construction procurement tool which houses the worldís largest construction cost database.
Mr. Kelbe has amassed software development and strategic planning knowledge in his 25 years of experience. Prior to joining The Gordian Group, Mr. Kelbeís leadership roles included executive positions with WowWe Media, ADP Dealer Services, Click Commerce and McKesson. Mr. Kelbe attended the College of DuPage.
Mr. Kemper, a licensed Certified Public Accountant, joined The Gordian Group in September 2011 and is responsible for the Companyís accounting, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax, risk management and human resource functions. Mr. Kemper employs his extensive experience in both public and private accounting to tackle a wide range of accounting, financial reporting, forecasting and business activities in his position.
Prior to joining The Gordian Group, Mr. Kemper spent 10 years at BI-LO, LLC, progressing from Senior Analyst to Senior Manager of Financial Reporting, where he spent his last six years. In that role, he was responsible for all internal and external reporting as well as all facets of general accounting. Prior to BI-LO, Mr. Kemper spent four years as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. The skill set he brings to Gordian includes a vast understanding of accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, and financial analysis.
Ammon T. Lesher, VP, Legal Affairs
Mr. Lesher joined The Gordian Group as Corporate Counsel in 2013. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the preparation of responses to requests for proposals, the preparation and negotiation of client contracts, maintaining the companyís registrations and authorizations, and providing guidance on various legal issues.
Mr. Lesher has extensive experience handling corporate matters involving contracts, sales, intellectual property, employment issues and regulatory compliance, which he routinely employs to minimize the companyís exposure and protect its most valuable assets. Prior to joining The Gordian Group, Mr. Lesher worked for several leading law firms in Greenville, SC, managing both transactional and litigation matters for corporate clients. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees from the College of Charleston.
Scott M. Smith, VP, Sales & Marketing
Mr. Smith leads The Gordian Groupís business development organization. In his role, he is primarily responsible for revenue growth and market penetration of The Gordian Groupís full suite of solutions.
Mr. Smith has nearly 20 years of industry experience with enterprise software and information services companies in sales leadership and executive management positions, including serving as the president and general manager of a multinational firm delivering business information services. Additional industry experience includes management positions with Software AG, Parametric Technology Corporation and The Kendall Company, a subsidiary of Tyco International. Prior to his joining industry, Mr. Smith was on active duty service with the United States Navy. He is a combat-decorated Naval Aviator. Mr. Smith holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and English from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University.
LAUSD hit the ground running with Gordianís JOC Complete Solution in 2004 and continues to raise the bar.
The partnership between Gordian and the City of Chicago reaches back all the way to 1992, and has been consistently growing ever since.
The only JOC implementation of its kind, Gordianís solution with USPS is nothing short of a resounding success.