“The hardest thing to do is work hard when no one is watching” – unknown
Leroy Benson “Benny” Herman, Jr. is a senior manager in WBL’s Assurance Services department. He specializes in providing strategic accounting and business advice to executives of domestic and international middle market companies, including those backed by private equity investment. For more than 20 years, he has worked extensively with businesses in the industrial and consumer products manufacturing and distribution, staffing, engineering, construction, technology and Fintech industries, as well as with non-profit entities.
Benny consults with clients on accounting issues including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt transaction accounting, revenue recognition, goodwill and asset impairment, and accounting for business combinations. He helps clients with analysis and forecasting of cash flow and expenses, creating business reporting packages, designing and testing internal control systems, and board governance. He has extensive experience managing large complex audit projects to successful completion.
Before joining WBL, Benny spent nearly 15 years with a “top five” international accounting firm, most recently in the role of senior manager in the assurance services department. He has also served in the role of senior accountant with responsibilities for regulatory accounting, policies and controls, and mergers and acquisitions in the energy and chemical industries and for a large international law firm.
Benny graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Benny played baseball and football in high school and started working at age 15.
“My first job was bagging groceries at a boutique supermarket in Baltimore City,” Benny said. “It taught me how to deal with a wide variety of personalities and the value of hard work.”
Benny and his family live in Cumming where he is a volunteer coach for Sharon Springs baseball in the spring and fall and coaches basketball in the winter.
“I love to watch our daughter Katie swim and our son Jaxson play baseball,” he said.
He and his family love to play with their chocolate lab Lewie, named after Benny’s favorite football player, Ray Lewis, exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Benny and his wife Lisa have been involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for many years, he said.
“I’m really proud that Lisa and I have run six half marathons and raised more than $25,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in the process. We did this to honor my sister-in-law and help find a cure.”