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Jordan Simon, Class of ‘80, Community Leader, and Author

Jordan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. While attending the University, Jordan was a four-year member of the honorary system including serving as President of the Sophomore Men’s Memorial Award as the 1981-1982 Outstanding Sophomore Man at the University. Jordan was involved in numerous campus organizations, including student government, where he served as Director of Special Events. He was selected to be a member of the National Senior Honorary Blue Key. Jordan went on to the University of Southern California to obtain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  While attending USC, Jordan was elected Vice President of the Graduate Student Business Association. He was the recipient of scholarships based on academic performance.

Jordan received the “Outstanding Student Award” from his classmates at graduation and was the recipient of USC’s prestigious Albert T. Quon Award for ”Outstanding University and Community Service.” Jordan returned to Tucson to work at The Venture West Group, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in development, construction and asset management. Over the 14 years at Venture West, Jordan has worked as a property manager, loan underwriter, and Director of Management for approximately 2 million square feet of commercial office and retail developments in Phoenix, Denver, and Tucson. He has coordinated the acquisition and sale of $100,000,000 in real estate transactions, including work with Wall Street hedge funds on the repositioning and redevelopment of numerous retail shopping centers in Tucson. Jordan currently serves as Vice President of Ventures West Group, Inc. where he focuses on the sale of custom office buildings at numerous projects throughout Tucson and oversees asset management. Jordan served as President of the Building Owners and Management Association and as Treasurer of Life Skills, an organization benefiting high school students  throughout Tucson, founded by a fellow Sahuaro Graduate and good friend, Carol Carter. 

He co-authored the McGraw Hill book “The Computer Professional’s Guide to Effective Communications” with his brother Alan, a Sahuaro graduate (1976). Jordan is a co-author of the soon-to-be-published “Estate Planning for Dummies”, part of the Dummies book series. 

“Throughout my educational, personal, and professional life, I carry with me the wonderful experiences of Sahuaro.  I believe that Sahuaro provided me with a strong foundation that has enabled me to attain goals in my life.  I am fortunate to have met people at Sahuaro who are lifetime friends.  Thank you, Sahuaro High School, for allowing me to look back on my high school years with a feeling of being fortunate, lucky, and blessed”.