Member Profile: Ross Hedlund

December 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm 1 comment

Ross Hedlund grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and graduated from Osseo Senior High in 2003. After graduation, he deployed to northern Iraq as a Forward Observer for Field Artillery, calling in artillery and air-strikes near Basra, Iraq. Getting to play in the dirt and blow things up, it was any 18-year-old boy’s dream.

Coming back from deployment, the military offered to pay for college and so he decided to attend the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Having no idea what he wanted to do, he made the rounds and interviewed at dozens of companies, did some internships, and otherwise went through the motions of the usual career-preparation items that go along with college. Nothing really excited him too much. Not until his fourth year at college when he took a business plan class, did he discover commercial real estate.

Luckily, the Army decided after the first semester of his senior year that they wanted to put him on stop-loss and deploy him to southern Iraq for another year. Given that this occurred at the end of 2008 and that he had enough credits for a degree, the timing was perfect. He now was a recent college graduate at the start of the Great Recession with a steady job (albeit in Iraq), and had some time to network and find his way into the commercial real estate industry.

While in Iraq, he received a lot of support from professionals in the industry.  He was able to prepare himself to enter the industry upon his return. When he got back, he spoke with several companies and found the perfect fit with the Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group.

Ross is responsible for leasing, tenant representation, and development projects within the Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group.

Ross is also an active member of the NAIOP Developing Leaders committee.

In his free time, he enjoys running, golfing, lifting, practicing yoga, and spending time with his wife Katie.

Ross received several awards during his military service including a Bronze Star Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Combat Action Badge.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Tony  |  December 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Great profile, thanks for sharing it with us Ross.

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