Bea Lou Hardin, Director
Bea Lou Hardin hails from the Gordon ranching community. Her formative years were spent in and near Gordon learning the ropes of ranch life from her parents and grandparents. When Bea Lou was a teenager, her parents, Tom and Nadine Annett, moved the family to La Palma, CA, where she finished high school and went on to obtain her Masters in Fashion Merchandising at Collins Fashion Institute in North Hollywood, CA. After college, Bea Lou worked for many years in retail while raising her son Jason.
Bea Lou has owned and operated several businesses in Gordon including a beauty salon, a gift shop, and a bed and breakfast. She worked for the City of Gordon for many years in the city office and as the assistant librarian.
In 2002 Bea Lou married Jerald Hardin, who hails from the Gordon farming community. They moved to Colorado where Jerald worked for Anheuser Busch. While in Colorado, the couple bought two condos in Estes Park, and started a successful vacation rental business – Shadow Pines Vacation Condos. In 2006, Bea Lou served on the National Business Advisory council and was awarded Business Woman of the Year as well as the National Leadership Award.
When Jerald retired in 2011, the couple returned home to Gordon and their beloved property which they call “The Homestead.” It’s been in the Hardin family since 1884! Afraid they would become bored with retirement, Bea Lou and Jerald started a custom haying business – Hardin Hayin’. Bea Lou became the Chamber Director in January 2012.
Bea Lou says, “I believe in this community, and I love this town. This is where my generational roots are; this is home. I want to do all I can to help my friends and neighbors grow and prosper.”
Mike Shald, Assistant Director
Mike has a strong Gordon heritage.
His mother’s grandparents, Jesse and Sarah Trueblood came to Gordon with the Scamahorn colony in 1884.
Mike attended school in Gordon from kindergarten through high school. After graduation from Gordon High School he attended Creighton University for two years.
Mike has owned and operated several businesses in Gordon and has served on many community boards.
In 1964 he married Barb Hansen, also a Gordon native, and they have three sons, Jeff, Scott, and Brian.
Mike says we raise the best cattle and the best children in the world here in Gordon!
Board of Directors
Jean Hess, Director of Tourism
Bernie & Merna Ganshert