Jeffrey Hermann, CEO of Hermann Services, Inc., has a business philosophy that looks outward, focusing as much on the community his trucking company serves as on the products it stores and transports.
“What we focus on,” said Hermann, who is an alumnus of the Rutgers Executive MBA (EMBA) Program, “is giving back to the community and creating an organization that prides itself on being able to share its profits and giving them back to those in need of help.”
Most recently, Hermann extended that focus to Rutgers Business School in the form of a new program that will select high-performing undergraduates and set them up for careers and leadership positions in the supply chain field.
Beginning in fall 2023, Road to Global Supply Chain Leadership will join the business school’s collection of Road to Success programs – Road to Wall Street, Road to CPA, Road to Silicon V/Alley, and Road to Consulting – bringing together a diverse set of motivated, committed, high-caliber students and offering them in-depth academic preparation, soft skills training, mentoring, certifications, and internships.
It was Hermann, a member of the dean’s board of advisors at Rutgers Business School, who came up with the idea for the program. He is also providing significant resources and serving as the lead donor, committing to four years of funding to support its launch and continued growth and success. He described the endeavor as “a different approach to giving back, creating opportunities for students and Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management, and being part of something bigger.”
As a leader in the supply chain industry, Hermann expects that Road to Global Supply Chain Leadership will help develop a future workforce equipped to rise to whatever challenges the economy presents. He also envisions it further expanding Rutgers Business School’s reputation and reach and, on a personal level, as a way to stay connected with the academic community (“You never stop learning,” he said.) Most of all, though, he sees it as an opportunity to help deserving students advance their careers.
One of the drivers of the program, Hermann notes, is his deep esteem for the leaders of the business school.
As for the program he’s funding, Hermann’s hope is that, year after year, it can expand its reach. The Road to Global Supply Chain Leadership will launch with 25 students. He envisions that number increasing, over time, to 200 or more. Hermann anticipates it becoming the basis for a network that will remain fruitful long after participants in the program have graduated. And he foresees those graduates “landing jobs where they’re making a difference.”
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