Executive Director of The Hub Quits

Joel Gordon, executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock, has resigned. His last day was Feb. 2.

Errin Stanger, director of programs, events and membership is acting as interim director, but a search for Gordon's replacement is underway, Hub initiator and former board member John Gaudin told Arkansas Business. Gaudin also said he will serve on a search committee headed by Warwick Sabin, director for U.S. Programs at Winrock International. 

The Hub merged with that nonprofit in 2016. 

Gordon had been working for the Hub since it launched in 2013 and said the directorship was not the right fit for him. Gordon was named executive director in June to replace Sabin, who left that post to accept his new post at Winrock International. 

Gordon told Arkansas Business he is not the fundraiser the nonprofit needs and that management was not as appealing to him as what he was doing before. Previously, he was the Hub's director of making. 

Gordon has been a fabricator, artist and designer for theater, film and television. He also worked in industrial design and product development. Gordon said he was leaving his post to return to creative pursuits. 

He also said he felt he could be a more effective advocate for the "Maker Movement" were he not attached to any specific entity in that space.

Gordon is a national spokesman for the movement and founded the North Little Rock Mini Maker Faire. He will continue to be involved in that event. 

He plans to spend more time with his family now, and in the makerspace at his home. 

Winrock International is searching for his replacement, according to Gordon, but Sabin did not return a call from Arkansas Business asking for details about their recruitment of another Hub director.