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Nice Guy Finishes First

Award-winning Wailea REALTOR demonstrates true entrepreneurial spirit.

July 5, 2012
Maui Weekly Staff , The Maui Weekly

At just 34 years old, Wailea broker Josh Jerman knows what it means to create real change in a challenging industry.

Since he entered Maui's real estate market in 2004, the young entrepreneur has earned a reputation as both a rising star and an industry leader. A broker with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers in Wailea-Makena, he serves as living proof that determination and innovation can really pay off.

"Josh is by far the most outstanding real estate professional I've had the pleasure to work with," said Jeff Mandelbaum, who bought his Wailea townhome from Jerman six years ago. "There are a lot of people who say they care, and then there are people who really do care and 'I don't care' is not in Josh's vocabulary."

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Through his determination and innovation, Wailea broker Josh Jerman serves as an inspiration to future generations of young entrepreneurs.

Raised in Upcountry Maui, the Baldwin High School graduate attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., where he graduated cum laude with a degree in International Relations. After crisscrossing the globe and visiting 23 countries, Jerman said his experiences abroad helped him foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures and people--a character trait his clients see in him today.

Upon returning to Maui, he settled "home." And nearly a decade a later, he has built an impressive business during a challenging real estate market. Among his many accomplishments and accolades, Jerman was recognized as one of the "Top 40 Under Forty" professionals in Hawai'i by Pacific Business News, and was named one of the Maui Weekly's "Unsung Heroes" of 2010 and "Person of the Year" finalist in 2011. Recently, he was honored as the recipient of Maui County's Young Business Person of the Year Award, and was ranked as one of the Top 100 Realtors in the State of Hawai'i for 2012.

Jerman is redefining the industry by leveraging innovative, forward-thinking trends in the marketplace to best meet the needs of his buyer and seller clients alike. James Jacobson, president of Maui Media LLC, said Jerman is a pioneer when it comes to successfully integrating modern accoutrements into business endeavors.

"Josh definitely walks the walk and talks the talk," said Jacobson. "He's an innovator who takes initiative and isn't afraid to dive into new things."

As if to demonstrate Jacobson's point, Jerman recently delivered a new "app" for the iPhone, which was the first of its kind for the Maui real estate market. The app uses GPS to show users every available home or property in their immediate area. This multi-dimensional approach to real estate allows him to "seamlessly integrate spontaneity and mobility in order to effectively market a property," he said.

Jerman is setting the bar very high, said Jacobson, "which is why he is a role model for future generations of entrepreneurs on Maui."

But for all of his success, Jerman said he receives a greater personal return from his longstanding commitment to making a difference for Maui County. "Everything I do first takes into account its impact on our community, with unwavering attention to honoring island traditions, as we move forward," he said. As the founder of the Josh Jerman Foundation and the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship, he supports several local charities and has awarded more than $26,000 to college-bound high school students across Maui County for eight consecutive years.

"Josh's scholarship program reflects the nature of his personality," said Mandelbaum. "Without question, he puts others ahead of himself."

And those "others" are beyond grateful to Jerman's philanthropy. Moloka'i High School graduate Mikayla Pico, who will be attending Southwestern Oregon College this fall, is one of the three 2012 Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship recipients. "This scholarship helps high school seniors achieve their goals and reach their dreams [and] I am very honored to be selected," she said. "My sister was also a recipient in 2007, and I feel very privileged to also be receiving the same award."

By all accounts, what truly sets Jerman apart from the rest is his character.

"When you meet Josh for the first time, you're immediately a fan," said Mandelbaum. "He proves that nice guys finish first."

If you'd like to "Ask Josh" about Maui real estate, he's ready to answer your questions. You can contact Jerman at (808) 283-2222 or To learn more about the Josh Jerman Foundation or the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship, visit



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