Peter Hermann

MBA '09

Director of Client Services
Maryville Technologies

What do you do professionally?

I am a technology entrepreneur.  Today I work for Maryville Technologies, an IT management consulting firm that bought my software infrastructure automation services company in September 2013.  I now work as a Director of Client Services, primarily advising and solving IT business management problems for Fortune 1000 CIOs, CTOs and their teams.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

I love building businesses, and I love solving complex management and technology problems.  Most of the time solving technology problems is really about structuring organizational change and enabling effective program leadership.  I really like this aspect of my work.

What is the biggest challenge you face?

Today my biggest challenge is starting a new company called BreatheAware.  We sold 1,000 subscriptions via Kickstarter in December, and we're now testing the beta product with our backers!  We'll be releasing the product to the general consumer market on July 1st.  You can check it out at http://www.breatheaware.com.

What sorts of interesting places has your position taken you? Do you have a favorite?

I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world for work, but the most interesting places I've been are various secure facilities, mostly for government customers.

What is the best professional advice you've received?

Never give up, always take a shot. It's like Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

Aside from your current role, what is your dream job?

I play a lot of classical piano, and sometimes I think I'd like to have a weekend gig at a mall or something playing a grand piano.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I ski, do yoga, work on new entrepreneurial ventures, play music, and spend a lot of time with my family.

What is the most important thing you learned during your time at Fuqua?

Being surrounded by so many talented, diverse peers and faculty, I learned the value of a broad-based business education, both in the classroom and out.

Who was your favorite professor?

I liked learning about cartels with Professor Marx.

What is your favorite Fuqua memory?

It's hard to beat nights on the Thomas center patio, though I also remember some great trips with my class in Bruges and Amsterdam.

What does Team Fuqua mean to you?

It means being part of a community that is doing amazing things in business, making the world a better place, and helping each other along the way.