APoway man is being honored for his decades of work with the Big Brother Big Sisters of San Diego County.
Paul Hering will be presented with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its 55th annual Gourmet Dinner tonight (Thursday).
“It feels amazing,” said Hering. “Very unexpected. It fell really good to be recognized in this way.”
Hering has been working with the organization for over 30 years, starting as a Big Brother and serving for several years on the board and as board president from 1997 to 1998. He also founded and chaired the organization’s first Golf Marathon, now in its 25th year and chaired the Gourmet Dinner twice.
He began his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in 1985 after he and his wife moved back to his hometown of Poway after living in Orange County. “One of the core values of my company, Barney & Barney, is to give back to the community,” Hering said. He came across the organization and said he thought it would be a fun way to give back to a child in need.
He joined the Big Brothers North County Advisory Board in 1987, when his first match was ending, and continued with the board after it merged that year with Big Sisters to form Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.
Hering was honored by the organization as its Person of the Year in 2001.
He retired from the board in 2016, but remains involved with supporting the organization through a program at his company, “Beyond School Walls,” which brings in middle school students once a month for mentoring. About 25 employees and 25 students are involved in the mentoring program.
“I absolutely plan to continue supporting (Big Brothers Big Sisters), both financially and through ‘Beyond School Walls,’” Hering said. “I’ll always support the organization and what they’re doing.”
A Poway native, Hering graduated from Poway High School in 1979 and was honored as one of its Hall of Fame inductees in 2014. He is the West Region CEO for Marsh & McLennan Agency, one of the nation’s leading insurance brokerages.
In addition to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, Hering serves on several boards of directors, including Rady Children’s Hospital and Foundation; Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine; University of California, Los Angeles Chancellor’s Associates; the Timken Museum of Art; and the San Diego Bowl Games Association. Hering is also president of the Barney & Barney Foundation. The foundation provides grants to community non-profits. Since its inception in 2009, the foundation has awarded over $2.5 million to more than 80 California non-profits.