Gordon, a native of Greenville, graduated from Furman University in 1965 and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970. He served in the U.S. Army for three years, obtaining the rank of captain. Joining TeleCable Corporation in 1970 as director of research, he went on to become director of marketing and then regional operations manager in 1975, vice president in 1980, and executive vice president in 1989. After retiring upon the sale of TeleCable, he is now a private investor. A leader in the cable television industry, Gordon has served on the operating committee of Viewers’ Choice, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Cable Television Administration & Marketing Society, and as a member of the National Affiliates Marketing Advisory Committee of Home Box Office. He was also one of the founders of the Weather Channel. He is a former trustee of Averett College, a former Board Member of the Community Foundation of Greenville, chaired the Campaign Executive Committee for the Forever Furman Campaign, and serves on the Furman University Board of Trustees.