Meet our Managing Director Jon Gordon
Tell me about your career path and how you got to The Media Group?
Creative work has always excited me – particularly live events and marketing.
I found The Media Group after coming home from a year travelling post-university. I came in as an administration assistant with little knowledge of who the company were or what we did.
After a few weeks here I got a chance to help out on a high profile project – The FA Umbro Fives. I loved this side of the business and I’ve been hooked ever since. I liked the culture (and I still do) and decided to hang around.
About six months after I started I had a chance to move from admin to a client facing role with our production team. I loved working to deliver awesome events and video, especially delivering against client briefs and objectives.
I liked the fast pace and pressure of the production environment. Most of all I loved when the team produced something a client was delighted with.
I moved from production into a sales-led account manager role. I looked after key accounts including The FA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.
Structural changes in the company in 2013 saw an opportunity for a new leadership role heading up the creative side of our business. In 2014 I moved into a strategic role as an exec director. This was still client facing, only now with a new focus on company performance and the financial side of the business.
And now I head up the day-to-day management of The Media Group as Managing Director, learning lots and enjoying the journey.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m concentrating on our company financial year end. I’m looking at next year and planning targets, growth and what this will mean for the shape of our team going forward.
We’re also working on securing some major project work in the events side of the business. If successful, there’s some really exciting new projects to work on in 2017 and beyond.
As a business we’re here first and foremost for our clients. So, as MD, my role is always client focused. New business and major project management remain at the top of my to-do list, and I hope they always will.
What’s your favourite piece of work?
We’ve been part of some cracking projects over my ten years with The Media Group.
I think my all-time favourite project is The FA’s Youth Development review . It’s special to me because we had a great team working on this, both internally and with the client. It took over a year to get off the ground. And we all believed that changing youth football would make a real difference. We had some pretty awesome results too.
What does it take to manage a successful agency?
Lots of things go into agency success, I think the most important are:
What do you get up to outside the office?
I try to spend as much time as I can with the family. I’ll always love a good party. Nowadays I go to more kid’s birthdays than nightclubs. But as long as there’s good food and decent music I’ll find a way to have fun.
I’m an avid armchair cricket fan (always test over the shorter formats).
I’m a reluctant gardener but love showing off in the kitchen.
On increasingly rare occasions I enjoy a round of golf and if I have time on my own you’ll find me reading a good book.
If you can’t see it live, listen to cricket on the radio – it’s just better that way.
Use Tube tamer to find your way around London.
And if you’re making your own burgers – add bacon properly. This guys knows
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