Morehouse College has elected Douglas J. Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors, to its Board of Trustees. Since joining United Distributors in 1984, he has grown the beverage distribution company to be one of the top 25 privately held businesses in Atlanta.
An Atlanta native, Hertz is an alumnus of Westminster High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. He completed graduated work in organizational psychology and obtained a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance. He then began his professional career in accounting and consulting services at KPMG in New Orleans.
Since his return to Atlanta to join United Distributors, Hertz has rooted himself in the metro community, serving on many civic, business, and advisory boards, including the Woodruff Arts Center and Hands On Atlanta. He is founder and chairman of Camp Twin Lakes, which has served as a camping facility designed for chronically ill and disadvantaged children since 1989. He also sits on the boards of The Marcus Foundation Inc., Atlantic Capital Bank, Georgia Research Alliance, Westminster School, and serves on the board and executive committee of Tulane University. He is the chairman of the board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the country.
Due to his service work, Hertz is the recipient of several service-based awards including being named “Volunteer of the Year” by Cartier and Georgia Association of Philanthropy, respectively, as well as receiving the 11Alive “Community Service Award and Washington D.C.’s “Jefferson Award,” making him one of twenty recipients in the country for his distinguished service to children. Hertz earned the 2009 “Philanthropist of the Year” award from Business-to-Business Magazine and was inducted into Junior Achievement of Georgia’s 2011 “Atlanta Business Hall of Fame.”
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Morehouse College. For more information about Morehouse College, visit morehouse.edu.