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Benjamin Gordon is the Managing Partner for Cambridge Capital, a leading investor, advisor and partner for companies in the supply chain and technology sector. Prior to Cambridge Capital, Benjamin founded 3PLex, the Internet solution enabling third-party logistics companies to automate their business. Benjamin raised $28 million from blue-chip investors including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, BancBoston Ventures, Con-Way, and Ionian. 3PLex has since been sold to Maersk. Prior to 3PLex, Benjamin led strategy projects in transportation and technology at Mercer Management Consulting, where he developed one of the first e-commerce and logistics business models.
Benjamin is a published author and recognized expert on transportation and logistics, and has been quoted extensively by national media including CNBC, The New York Times, Business Week, ABC, Lehrer News Hour, Journal of Commerce, Transport Topics, Supply Chain Management Quarterly, and Traffic World. Benjamin has been a featured speaker, moderator, and/or chairman at the 3PL Summit, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), NASSTRAC, the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), AMB, the International Warehousing and Logistics Association (IWLA), and other industry events. In addition, Benjamin leads the annual BGSA Supply Chain conference, the largest annual conference for CEOs from all segments of the global supply chain.
Benjamin is an active civic leader who is committed to giving back to the community. As founder and chairman of GesherCity, he has boosted young adult volunteerism, expanding the organization from startup to over 100,000 members in twenty locations. Benjamin has also served as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of Palm Beach. Benjamin has served on the Boards of several non-profit groups, including the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), JCC Association, Palm Beach United Way, Palm Beach Federation, Palm Beach YPO, the Middle East Forum, the University of Florida Supply Chain Management Center, and various other community organizations. Benjamin received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College.
What do you love most about Your City?
Palm Beach is a fantastic place to live, work, and raise a family. Like New York, it’s an island, packed with smart people and terrific restaurants. But Palm Beach is unique in several respects.
First, it is the closest spot in the United States to the gulfstream, which provides a surprisingly temperate climate year-round. If you’re an athlete, you can swim, bike or run every morning.
Second, while it attracts outstanding people, it lacks the density of a big city, so it’s easy to go quickly from one place to another. A traffic jam in Palm Beach typically means a few minutes for the bridge to go down.
Third, it combines a small-town feel with global reach. Palm Beach has been the site for two Winter White Houses, serves as the home for dozens of billionaires, and is building world-class institutions including new schools, like the Greene School. As a result, we are seeing an influx in young families moving here from the northeast.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I’m a triathlete, so normally breakfast is a fruit and vegetable shake in my kitchen. If I’m going out for breakfast, I might go down the street to Cucina, which is a local favorite.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – At 6am, I am either headed to the airport or getting ready to swim, bike or run.
10:00 AM – If I’m in town, I’ll be at my standing desk, working.
12:00 PM – Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
I’m a workaholic. I don’t usually leave my office for lunch. If I go anywhere, it is likely to be to a nearby restaurant in West Palm Beach, like Avocado Grill.
7:00 PM – My children are still young (11 and 9). So if I’m not traveling, I’ll go home to see my kids and have a family dinner. After I put them to bed, I’ll go back to my laptop to work.
11:00 PM – Finishing work!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I’m not a weekday drinker! Lots of water and fruit/vegetable shakes.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Flight apps, like JetBlue!
What should everyone try at least once?
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