“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, while playing football for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a quarterback on a National Championship winning team, he developed skills that would be carried through his lifetime and core business philosophies. He was the first full scholarship in the NCAA University of Texas football history to graduate with two degrees in less than four years and being accepted into and pursuing a Master’s Degree program. After playing professionally with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles until he was sidelined with injury, Mr. Nordgren went on to earn two Master’s degrees in business and sports management from the University of Dallas. He was subsequently featured on the Bravo TV show “Most Eligible Dallas,” while becoming a partner in the family business, NORDCO, Inc., a Dallas-based energy conservation firm. This is when he helped to develop and build his first private equity business/family office, which was a sports and entertainment focused portfolio.
Throughout his career, Mr. Nordgren has been appointed to many executive leadership positions at a wide-ranging group of companies and industries. From real estate to sports and entertainment, from hospitality to insurance and financial services, from emerging industries to later stage leveraged buy outs, he is singularly focused on finding synergistic opportunities that have upside potential. He is committed to successfully helping manage the overall financial state of his clients’ businesses and the companies with which he and his clients have interests within.
Mr. Nordgren is currently CEO and Founder of ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital management, a venture fund focused on the ancillary service providing companies in and around the cannabis and hemp industries. More specifically, on Series A type opportunities where proven businesses are looking for growth equity to attack and win new markets. He was recently name one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry” by High Times Magazine. Additionally, he is the founder of NORDCO Consulting LLC, a private equity firm dedicated to buying and selling middle market companies with forward-thinking vision. To date, Mr. Nordgren has personally managed over $7 billion in transactions and maintains a portfolio of approximately 25 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. He feels strongly that young people, regardless of their personal circumstances, should have the opportunity for a bright future and the chance to make a positive impact. Furthermore, he is involved with and contributes to numerous philanthropic causes and remains dedicated to giving back and making a difference.