Making the World a Better Place

Paul Herrerias, B.A. ’77, M.A. ‘91

When Paul Herrerias, B.A. ’77, M.A. 91, first came to USF, he was unfamiliar with Jesuit schools and was surprised to learn that his own uncle, Rene Herrerias, had been a member of the 1949 basketball championship USF National Invitation Team. His uncle had encouraged him to study accounting as a solid foundation for business and advised him that USF was “the best accounting school in the area.”

Herrerias studied accounting and found that the Jesuit intellectual environment nurtured and developed his sense of personal responsibility instilled by his father and grandfather. Herrerias fondly recalls late night snacks, conversations, and, occasionally, confessions with the Jesuit priest who resided on his dorm floor in Phelan Hall and says, “USF provided the information and then challenged us with the questions: What are you going to do with what you have learned? How are you going to make the world a better place?”

After graduation Herrerias worked in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche, earning his CPA license. Later he served as chapter president of the California Society of CPAs where he created and taught a continuing education course on ethics for CPAs renewing their licenses. The proceeds from this course funded scholarships for undergrads and Ph.Ds. in accounting. Herrerias credits his comfort in teaching ethics to the philosophy and theology classes he studied at USF.

Herrerias’ career moved from accounting to executive recruiting and owning a local practice and later the San Francisco office of a global retained search firm. At night Herrerias taught career management at Dominican University. He is currently a managing partner at Comhar Partners. Companies looking for a new CFO or CXO call Herrerias, who in the industry is referred to as, “the CFO guy.” His philosophy is “by coaching executives in building their leadership teams, I’m encouraging healthier businesses and stronger communities.”

Herrerias has helped many businesses and has recruited more than 100 key executives for local and national businesses. He serves on boards and committees including for nonprofit organizations, including USF. Now he and his wife Danielle are building a stronger community in another way by naming USF as a beneficiary of their estate plan. Herrerias explains, “It is important to take responsibility and plan ahead for our legacy to improve the world. USF provided the information and then challenged us with the questions: What are you going to do with what you have learned? How are you going to make the world a better place?”

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