Nick Shepherd ’14


1. What was your major/minor and when did you graduate?

Business Administration, 2014

2. What is your current position (title, company, location)?  Can you describe a typical day?

Assistant Property Manager/First Realty Management/ Boston, MA

Most begin with back-end financial adjustments and confirming daily A&R aligns with monthly/yearly budgets. From an operational standpoint, working with contractors has become a major task in ensuring the property’s curb appeal. A challenging aspect that threw a curveball into the property’s ROI is moratorium guidelines for delinquents. Massachusetts has been very protective given recent pandemic obstacles.

3. How did your major prepare you for your current job?

Allowing students to experience several aspects of our industries made studying business at Mary Washington unique. Prerequisites gave us the opportunity to narrow in on our expertise and eventually provide a smooth transition into the workforce.

4. How did you become interested in your field?

After five years of sales, my competitive streak within started to dwindle. I wanted a life outside of work and to be able to drop everything at 5pm. My eventual goal is to pursue real estate investing and property management is a great stepping stone. This job gives me the tools to be my own boss.

5. What’s the best career advice you ever received?

Focus on your personal well-being and be mindful of turning negatives from the past into positives for the future. The present will determine your future.

6. Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were at UMW?

Professor Oxford had a huge impact on my confidence. Her class was relatable to global issues and personable enough that staying involved didn’t feel like a burden.

7. What’s your fondest memory of UMW?

Watching the university’s grounds turn from fall to winter, Seaco, and homecoming soccer games, of course.

8. Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you’d like to share?

I’m pursuing an MBA this fall at Northeastern University for International Business.

9. How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?

Very opinionated but willing to listen.

10. In one sentence, what advice would you give current business students? 

Make sure you’re using peers and faculty as tools for knowledge; their goal is to see a successful businessman/woman from Mary Washington change the world.