“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
- Steve Jobs
Ambitious executive who creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. Builds and retains high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals. Experienced in M&A, finance, sales, and capital sourcing across all buckets and within the capital stack. Also, skilled in alternative investments, team building, management roles, Bloomberg, and all forms of computer software related to finance.
Founder of The Leadership Foundation for inner city Youth. Much of his time is donated for Gilda's Club Cancer Charity, March of Dimes, The Livestrong Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Young Republicans, and Diamond Empowerment Fund for building Schools in Africa.
First person in NCAA University of Texas Football history to graduate with two degrees in 3-1/2 years while maintaining high honors and achieving the Deans List standards while lettering in football. After which, Matt pursued a graduate level degree for the remaining years under scholarship resulting in two separate MBA degrees in business and sports management. Nordgren then went to sign a 3 year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles football franchise after his college Texas Longhorns won the national championship in 2006.
Matthew Nordgren is an ambitious executive, dedicated philanthropist, and accomplished athlete who brings a unique passion to creating strategic alliances. He has breadth and depth of experience in finance, corporate development, and capital sourcing, as well as in building highly motivated teams of skilled professionals. In 2005, Mr. Nordgren received his education at the University of Texas in Austin, and while playing football for the Texas Longhorns he earned a National Championship. He was the first full scholarship in the NCAA University of Texas football history to graduate with two degrees in less than four years. After playing professionally with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, Mr. Nordgren went on to earn two Master’s degrees in business and sports management from the University of Dallas.
He became a partner in the family business, NORDCO, Inc., a Dallas-based energy conservation firm. From here he started developing his first private equity business focusing on a sports & entertainment portfolio. Throughout his career, Mr. Nordgren has been appointed to many executive leadership positions at various companies. From real estate to sports and entertainment, from fund management to capital lending, he is focused on finding opportunities for growth in many industries, and is committed to successfully helping manage the overall financial state of his businesses. To date, Mr. Nordgren has personally managed over $7 billion in transactions and maintains a portfolio of approximately 20 companies. Inspired by his belief that education and athletics can open doors for at-risk youth, Mr. Nordgren founded The Leadership Foundation—an organization committed to giving back to non-profits whose purpose is to empower youth through sports and education.