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Gordon Brown

Plexent CEO Gordon Brown talks about bow-hunting, shelf-stocking, and enjoying the moment.
By D Magazine |
photography by Dan Sellers

Gordon Brown founded Dallas-based IT services management firm, Plexent, in 2001. The company’s main objective is to increase the business process management efficiency of its clients—Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and others—with its intellectual property, itDNA®. Revenues have doubled each year, and Plexent now stands as the 29th-fastest-growing private company in Dallas, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Brown was named a 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and Plexent was included in the top five 2005 MTBC Titan Fast 50. Outside the office, Brown—an avid bow-hunter in the Dallas Safari Club—helped develop the University of Dallas’ ITSM degree program, the first of its kind in the nation.

Age: 50 
Title/Company: President/Plexent 
Tenure: Founder
(almost 6 years)
What was your first job?
Stocking shelves, unloading trucks, and bagging groceries in a small grocery store.
What was your worst job?
Working at a paper product distribution company.

LIGHTNING ROUND

CEOs are known for making quick decisions.
We made it easy by limiting their options to two.
Here are Brown’s picks:

BRADY BUNCH ……….PARTRIDGE FAMILY
RENT……………………..OWN
MCDONALD’S………….WHATABURGER
SAILS…………………….MOTOR
CARNIVORE……………HERBIVORE
ROMO………………….. MODANO

If you couldn’t say “the people I work with,” what would you say is the best part of your job?
Helping people grow personally and professionally, and building something meaningful. What’s the worst part? When I don’t have enough time to think about the long-term direction of our organization.
On weekends, where would people find you?
When I’m not in Europe, Alaska, the Amazon, or Africa, I’ll be outdoors somewhere!
What book is currently on your nightstand?
Great Whitetails of North America
What’s your favorite TV show?
CSI
What three Web sites do you visit most frequently?
www.cnn.com, www.intellicast.com, and www.nhl.com
What’s your most recent major purchase?
African safari to bow-hunt the world’s most dangerous game (the money benefited the local school, and I donated the food to the local village).
What’s your biggest regret?
No regrets—I refuse to dwell on them!
What do you consider to be your biggest weakness?
I need to win all the time.
What’s the best advice anyone ever told you?
Enjoy the present moment!

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