Graduated Griffins: Jason Gordon, ’01 & ‘07

By Amanda Weber

Features Contributor

Alumna Jason Gordon attended Canisius College for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a Canisius undergrad, he chose to major in Business Management while also picking up two minors in Human Resources and International Business. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2001. After completing this portion of his education, Gordon decided that he needed to go further and attend graduate school. Of course, with having such a great experience at Canisius as an undergraduate student, Gordon decided to continue his education here and remain a Golden Griffin until he, once again, graduated in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Communication and Leadership.

Although the education he had received for both his undergraduate and graduate studies was invaluable, the real  lessons Gordon was able to learn came from being a member of the Canisius College community itself. First, one of the clubs that he participated in that helped shaped him into the individual he is today was the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Also, like a lot of us Griffs here, Gordon loved Canisius sports and was a supporter of all athletics. In addition, he emphasized how amazing the education he received was and how influential all of his professors have been in his life.  In addition, he had the exciting opportunity to study abroad in London, England. He explained that this experience helped to shape him into a more independent and self-sufficient human being, as he was able explore other cultures and live on his own.  “The lessons I learned of juggling school, work, and a social life helped prepare me for my busy life today,” Gordon also stated.

Since graduating from Canisius, Gordon has climbed up the corporate ladder from starting as an intern to becoming the Director of Client Partnerships at Remedy Intelligent Staffing. Remedy Intelligent Staffing is a staffing agency that works to provide staffing solutions to their clients while providing their associates with exciting, new job opportunities. Gordon is responsible for managing four branches in the Buffalo Area that offer recruitment services to find employees for local employers. “We specialize in providing candidates in the manufacturing industry for all levels from baseline production to director level opportunities,” Gordon explained.  For the past fifteen years, he has been able to help grow and expand Remedy Staffing from one branch in Tonawanda to three other local branches located in Cheektowaga, Orchard Park, and Downtown Buffalo.

Now, let’s talk about something that will really resonate with college students: bars. In addition to being a member of the corporate world, Gordon has helped run a successful family bar for the last eleven years. The name, fittingly, is Gordon’s. This popular bar located on Delaware Avenue, specializes in providing amazing food and service, twenty draft beers, talented musicians on the weekends, and several televisions for every sporting event imaginable. When asked why Gordon believes Gordon’s has become so successful with locals, he responded, “it’s our motto; ‘nobody leaves a stranger.’ Many consider our bar to be a home rather than just a watering hole.”

To conclude, Gordon imparted the following wisdom he had learned that made his Canisius experience so great. First, Gordon encouraged students to enjoy their college experience as a whole. Even though schoolwork is important and should be the main focus, “you also need to remember to have a social life,” Gordon stated. In addition, he encouraged every student to study abroad, as the experience completely altered the course of the rest of his life. Also,Gordon stressed the importance of taking part in  internships. “I did my internship at Remedy Staffing my last semester senior year,” Gordon explained, “Then, I started full-time the Monday after I graduated,” Gordon revealed.  In essence, Gordon offered the following motivation for his fellow Griffins, “Be prepared in life to have to prove yourself. Don’t be afraid to bet on yourself and put the work in. Then, you can look to reap the benefits of your performance.”

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