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International Telework Association and Council (ITAC) 1999 Telework Hall of Fame Award:
Gil Gordon

Gil Gordon is a globally known pioneer in fostering telecommuting and telework concepts. The Telework Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor bestowed by the International Telework Association & Council, is given to Gil for his sustained and lasting contributions toward creating well-planned and well-managed telework programs benefiting employers, employees, and society as a whole.

Abandoning a promising and high profile career in the corporate world in 1982, Gordon grasped the telework vision and independently set upon a course to better our world by becoming a student, proponent, leader, and a world recognized telework expert. En route he shared his vision with other like-minded individuals who then formally created ITAC. Gordon unselfishly and continually gave his name, energy, and financial resources to move ITAC from its grassroots beginnings to its present status as an internationally recognized entity.

Over the past 17 years, Gil Gordon's name has become almost synonymous with the word telecommuting. In addition to his national and international travels to Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand to speak and lead seminars, Gordon founded and became editor of Telecommuting Review, a newsletter recognized worldwide as an authoritative source of telecommuting information and analysis from 1984 to 1999. With the world awakening to the potential of telework, Gordon took it upon himself to create an annual 3-day conference devoted to educating business and government pioneers and leaders about the what-to-do, how-to-do it, and why-and-why-not-do it of telecommuting held throughout the United States from 1992-1998.

With a clear vision of Internet potential, he created a web site that provides comprehensive subject matter about telecommuting and telework on the Internet. There is no doubt that many of the telecommuting/telework programs successful planned and executed have been the result of information he has given to employees, students, employers, telework hopefuls, authors, writers, et.al.

In recognizing the many pioneering successes enjoyed as a consequence of Gordon's leadership, it is important to note that he was not been timid about disclosing the pitfalls and downfalls of telework. In no uncertain terms, Gordon tells it like it is... "Not a panacea for all the problems, not for everyone, and not easy to execute without understanding and caring for all involved." His knowledge, enthusiasm, energy, and impeccable integrity characterize his leadership and dedication to using telework as means to better ends for now and for the future.

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