Berks County has lost a prominent business leader.
Carl Herbein, founding partner of Herbein + Co. Inc. in Wyomissing, passed away over the weekend. He was 71.
Herbein began the accounting firm in 1972 and grew the practice from operating off his kitchen table to one that had nine locations and more than 200 employees.
Michael J. Rowley, chief operating officer of Herbein + Co. Inc., said that as a friend and mentor Herbein’s loss is particularly profound to him.
But he said the loss will be felt by the community.
“Carl was a huge proponent of Berks County and devoted his energy and resources towards strengthening the community,” Rowley said. “As a business leader, Carl left a great legacy.”
Besides his accounting work, Herbein was known for his community involvement and philanthropy.
Most recently he and his wife, Kathy, were honored by the Berks County Community Foundation with the 2018 Thun Award, which is given to Berks residents who contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in the region.
Community Foundation President Kevin K. Murphy commented on Herbein’s passing.
“We learned with deep sadness of the passing of Carl Herbein. Carl was one of those rare business leaders who was passionately dedicated to supporting good work in Berks County but was never interested in taking credit for the results,” he said.
Herbein also served as the firm’s president and partner in charge of its dairy practice.
The firm said his expertise in dairy accounting was recognized nationwide.
He was also former president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Arrangements are pending.