Alumni Spotlight: David R. Gorman

David R. Gorman, a graduate of the University of North Georgia (UNG), currently serves as Program Manager for Home Depot’s HVAC and Installation Programs for all business customers.

Gorman was very involved as a student and looks fondly on his time at UNG. He was a member of a number of organizations while at UNG: Corps of Cadets, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Student Government Association and Omicron Delta Kappa. He also worked as an Intro Leader and participated in various other activities. His time in the Corps of Cadets and US Army were important developmental experiences that continue to benefit him today.

“Those proficiencies I learned as a Cadet are what has helped shape my career throughout my life,” Gorman said.

As a psychology and chemistry major, Gorman did not take any courses in the Mike Cottrell College of Business but wishes he did. However, he feels that his degree has helped him because “understanding people and behavior is valuable no matter what you do,” Gorman said.

All of his college courses were beneficial to him, as he was constantly learning and gaining problem-solving abilities. The desire to learn is what made him return to school and earn his MBA in 2002.

“While a business undergrad degree was not a prerequisite, it certainly would have prepared me better,” Gorman said. “Business is a great degree that can be applied to just about any profession.”

Gorman advises current students to recognize the importance of prioritizing academics but also finding other ways to be involved and meet people by taking advantage of extracurricular activities and looking for ways to serve others.

“A lot of my leadership experience, and certainly most memorable moments, came from outside of the classroom,” Gorman said.

Representatives from Home Depot are visiting the UNG Dahlonega campus on November 8 at 12 PM for a one-hour presentation to discuss internship and entry-level positions and to meet with students afterwards. Gorman would encourage students to attend all career days hosted by the college to see what’s out there.

“You can do anything you want,” Gorman said. “This is simply a tool to expose you to some possibilities.”

Gorman himself has been able to grow within Home Depot since being hired in 2005 and has held a variety of roles during that time period.

“The Home Depot is a great company that shares many of the values that I hold true from my days at North Georgia,” Gorman said. “We are a large organization and by extension, we have a lot of different opportunities for young people who are driven to succeed.”