At 13, he’s an energy consultant

Early morning swimming practice keeps Tei Gordon from having a paper route.  So to make a little spending money, the 13-year-old from Corvallis, Ore., established his own firm, supplying weather information to energy managers at 50 companies.

Gordon said his business, The Energy Advisor, makes $3,000 to $4,000 a year.

Clients use the service to evaluate the effectiveness of their energy-management systems designed to conserve energy.

Gordon gets the weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C. and, with the help of his father’s personal computer, send the information out immediately.  The government takes weeks to release the data.

Gordon credits a neighbor with the idea.  A computer programmer with his father’s company helped Gordon design the program. He found his clients by advertising in Energy User News, which reaches 42,000 energy managers across the country.

“I love working with the computer.  I’m learning a bunch new stuff every day,” Gordon said.

The boy’s father, Richard Gordon, owns an engineering consulting firm involved in energy-management programs.

At first, the elder Gordon viewed his son’s business as an educational exercise, but now, his firm, Gordon and Associates, is working on ways to get the information in an even more timely manner and making it applicable to a broader base of buildings.

“That which we turned up our noses at is now becoming a source of business,” he said.



USA Today

Wednesday, November 30, 1983