TANCon2008 - October 2008 - Africa & the US: Entrepreneurial Opportunities - Taking the Leap of Faith
The African Network
Brenda Wright
Frederick E. Jordan
Guy Kawasaki
Eric M.K Osiakwan
Theogene Rudasignwa
Leila Chirayath
Eghosa Omoigui
Jacques Bonjawo
Daniel Edibe
Ike Eze
Mohamed Hersi
Jay Ward
John Njoku
Ted Okendu
Laura Roden
Luc Tengueu
AJ Patel
Anthony R. Vonsee
Lyndon Rive
Erica Estrada
Tom Arnold
Kaval Kerul
Richard Osei-Anim
Michael L. Dworkin
Almaz Negash
William Guyster
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
Matthew Stephen Stepka


Frederick E. Jordan

F.E. Jordan & Associates


The winner of this year's Service Business of the Year was F.E. Jordan & Associates. the firm owned by Frederick E. Jordan. Jordan should be well known to BBL readers because he has championed affirmative action in each issue of he Black Business Listings since he became one of the major affirmative action proponents during the campaign against Proposition 209. What some readers may not mow is that Jordan is the president of F. E. Jordan Associates, Inc., a consulting engineering, architectural, environmental and construction management firm headquartered in San Francisco. His firm has excelled in the engineering and consulting arena, serving as lead or consulting engineers for major projects throughout the world. It is indeed fitting that this year they were honored to be named Service Business of the Year.

Born in Washington, D.C., Jordan graduated from Howard University with a degree in civil engineering. His interest in engineering began as a freshman at Howard University. Dr. John King, the 1st general in the Texas Army Reserve and also Jordan's math course instructor noticed his talent in math and led him into the field of engineering.

After serving in the Vietnam War, Jordan then attended graduate school at Northeastern University (NU) in Boston. During his studies at (NU), he was recruited by the Bechtel Corporation and brought to Northern Ca1ifornia, where he completed his degree at Stanford University. After becoming a licensed engineer in California, Jordan joined with three other engineers to form Jordan, Johns, Mathis & Pierce in 1969. The team took on several inner city redevelopment projects including the Marcus Garvey Square housing development in San Francisco and the Watt's redevelopment project whim began after the Watts riots. Because many whites were apprehensive about working in predominately African American communities, the firm was chosen for many of the redevelopment projects in around the country. As a result, the firm managed projects in Seattle, East St. Louis and on the south side of Chicago. Mathis left the firm in 1973 to start his own company. A year later, F.E.Jordan & Associates was born in San Francisco.

Over the years, F.E. Jordan & Assoc. has directed the research, planning, design and construction management of many buildings, bridges, streets, highways, water systems, ports and harbors, airports and other projects. International trade has been a profitable and rewarding opportunity at F.E. Jordan Associates through projects in East Africa, West Africa and Central America. Some of the firm’s most significant projects include the Charles P. Howard container terminal, a design which has been duplicated worldwide, and the curved section of the Cypress freeway structure. In addition, the design and development of the Oakland/Berkeley highway 13 & 24 interchange was also a project of F.E. Jordan and Associates and has been touted as the most difficult design project in the state. Taking 10 years to design, the interchange sits on two earthquake fault lines. Most recently, the firm completed the $220 million construction management Project at San Francisco International Airport. The project includes the development of several roads, the BART bridge, and the newly opened international terminal. The project was the only one to come in under budget and before schedule. F.E.Jordan & Associates also serves as Program Managers for the expansion of the Oakland International Airport, which is a $900 million project.

In addition, Jordan's articles in support of affirmative action have appeared BBL and in major newspapers across the nation. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Bay Area Urban League, Inc., the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greenlining Institute, and the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Most recently the firm completed the $220 million construction management project at San Francisco International Airport. The project includes the development of several roads the BART bridge, and the newly opened international terminal. The project was the only one to come in under budget and before schedule.

Jordan's first book, The Lynching of An American Dream tells about the systematic attempts to destroy affirmative action throughout this country http:// www.affirmativereaction.org, Jordan is currently working on a second book, which will feature quotes, jokes and sayings from the African American culture. In the coming year, Mr. Jordan is planning on launching an e-commerce web site entitled BlackCommerceMall.com which will feature many black owned shops and services.

Jordan's commitment to his community is only surpassed by his commitment to excellence in business. It is no wonder that his company received this year's Service Business of the Year Award. We at the Black Business Listings take this opportunity to thank Fred Jordan for your continued commitment to advance the cause affirmative action, particularly on behalf of African American owned businesses.

We celebrate your commitment and salute your outstanding business accomplishments.

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