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Naveen Jindal School of Management Alumni Spotlight

From real estate to healthcare management, to information technology and finance, we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of our alumni whose career paths are representative of the many employment options to which a degree from the Naveen Jindal School of Management can lead. With more than 29,000 alumni, the Jindal School is impacting the culture of business in the U.S. and beyond.

These JSOM graduates agreed to share their Jindal School experiences with others. If you are an alumnus and would be willing to share your personal story, please contact Brittany Huber, Director in JSOM Development.

Doug Hermann, BS’14 Broker Associate, The Weitzman Group Hermann double-majored while at Jindal School, graduating with a degree in Finance and a degree in Business Administration. In 2013, when Hermann was president of the UT Dallas Real Estate Club, he and three other students formed a JSOM team that placed first in the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Texas contest, winning the $4,000 prize. He came back to campus the following year to serve as a professional adviser to the 2014 JSOM ICSC team. Hermann and his wife, Ashley, live in Anna. 
Doug and his wife, Ashley, enjoy spending time outdoors.
Doug and his wife, Ashley, enjoy spending time outdoors.
Tell us the highlights of your professional career. What are your proudest achievements?
Since I’m new to the commercial real estate world, my proudest achievements so far are handling the national tenant representation accounts for three high-end restaurant concepts.
What brought you to UT Dallas?
I knew I wanted to end up in Texas and work in real estate so anything in Dallas was my first choice. It also helped that I grew up in the Metroplex. I actually went and met with a few universities in the area when I was planning to transfer, and after my search, UT Dallas just felt right. It made the most sense for my goals and from what I had seen on my visits, had great programs that I wanted to be a part of.
What is your favorite UT Dallas memory?
Winning the Texas International Council of Shopping Centers Undergraduate Case Study competition with our UT Dallas team in 2013.
Who was your favorite professor and/or what was your favorite class and why?
This is a tough one. I had so many great professors at UT Dallas. If I had to pick one, the one that stands out most would be George DeCourcy and his class on Real Estate Finance. I didn’t realize how much I loved it at the time, but now that I’m in the profession, I use the things I learned in his class every day. I am able to look back and say, “Oh yeah, we learned that in Professor DeCourcy’s class.”
What’s the best advice you have received?
Get out and attend networking and industry events in the field you want to be in as much as you possibly can.
What advice do you have for current students hoping to succeed in the business world?
Network, network, network! You never know who you will meet who might know someone who can help get you hired.
What makes an effective leader?
Humility and taking responsibility for everything you do and have influence over.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy going to the movies with my wife, camping and being outdoors, and of course – looking at real estate!