As the VP of Business Development at G5 Engineering Solutions, Herb Gingold, ’91, ’14, spends his days connecting engineers with electrical, software, mechanical and system design solutions. Herb is a natural connector, making him a perfect fit as the chair of the UCF College of Engineering & Computer Science Alumni Chapter.

Herb says he is also a natural-born engineer, experimenting with electronics at an early age. His time in the U.S. Navy helped him realize his true calling as an engineer. After earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at UCF, Herb worked as an engineer with Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) and later in engineering sales at Texas Instruments and ELCOM.

In addition to serving as the chair of the UCF CECS Alumni Chapter, Herb regularly mentors senior design teams and serves on the UCF electrical engineering department’s advisory board. Herb is married to his wife, Vicky and has three children; Michael (25), Miranda (20) and Alee (10).

Recently we had the opportunity to ask Herb a few of our favorite “Getting to Know You” questions.

Q&A with Herb

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always thought I wanted to be a doctor. Things sure turned out differently.

What inspired you about the field of engineering?
When I was in the Navy, I found that I understood how many of the electronics worked before I was even taught. I knew I had a natural talent for understanding how things worked.

What is your best UCF memory?
My first spirit splash! I started at UCF after being in the Navy for four years- it was so different and the energy of thousands of people splashing around was really great.

How has your experience at UCF helped you in your career?
Once I got into the work force, I realized that UCF prepared me better than many of the engineers from big name schools. I would put my UCF education up against many of those schools, any day.

Best professional advice you ever received?
To go into sales. I had a mentor that recognized a natural talent and I am so thankful I listened.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Every day is a new page and each customer is a new opportunity. I love that no two days are the same.

What or who inspires you?
Helping others! I really love mentoring others and seeing them succeed. I am so thankful to my mentors and love being able to pay it forward.

What was the last thing you Googled?
USB dust plug covers for a current project I’m working on.

Any hidden talents?
I’m a bit of a marksman. I’ve actually placed in a state competition for black powder guns.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Medium rare filet mignon.