Date of Birth: June 6, 1969
Hometown: Torrance, CA
During his high school and college days, Gordon Smith began his career as a deckhand\diver in1984 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colorado State University in 1992.
Due to an untimely death of his father, Smith became president of the family businesses in 1992. In 2001, through a merger of all the family entities Gordon became the controlling owner and President of Smith Maritime, Ltd in 2001 through 2007. In 2002, Smith partnered with Bob Dorn and Wayne Sundberg to form Sirius Maritime LLC and was Vice President of Operations until the acquisition of those companies in 2007. Since the acquisition, Smith has served as President-Pacific Region for K-Sea Transportation from August 2007 to July 2011, and more recently served as President-Pacific Region for Kirby Offshore Marine from July 2011 to May 2013. Smith currently holds the COB\President position with Hyak Maritime from March 2012. He has more than 25 years of experience in project and program management in the maritime industry.
Smith is currently a trustee for the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, a board member with the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He holds a certificate and license as a commercial helicopter pilot, airline transport pilot and 500 G.T. Master of Towing Vessels.
Gordon was introduced to the NASCAR garage in late 2012. He started learning about the industry and about a year later decided he wanted to make a vested interest in the sport and started leasing engines to a smaller team. As the 2015 season came to a close and it became apparent that the new NASCAR Charter system would be put in place, there was a shuffling of teams and car owners, each trying to secure a Charter.
It was at this time that Smith developed a deeper connection with Tad and Jodi Geschickter and in 2016 he officially took an ownership stake in what is now known as JTG Daugherty Racing in NASCAR’s premier series. The team will expand from one to two cars at the start of the 2017 season at Daytona International Speedway.