Bridging the Gap
The president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal, Terrell (“Terry”) Herring also lends his time and expertise to charitable undertakings. Terrell Herring serves on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization, Bridging the Gap Africa (BtGA).
BtGA assists local communities in building footbridges across dangerous rivers in rural areas of Kenya. These footbridges have a powerful positive impact in the local communities. Aside from allowing for safe river passage, preventing drowning, and providing an unimpeded route to schools and health care centers, they also improve economic activity.
Just as important, BtGA helps communities help themselves. Local communities must initiate their own bridge undertaking by requesting assistance from BtGA. While the nonprofit provides financial and technical support in building a safe footbridge, the local community must raise a portion of the footbridge cost and enlist volunteer labor for rock and sand gathering to be used for the bridge footings. After project completion, ownership of the bridge is turned over to the local community.
March of Dimes
In addition to his work as is president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal Company, Terrell Herring takes an active role in a number of the company’s subsidiaries, including Alamo Pharma Services, BioComp Pharmaceuticals, and ProSolus Pharma. In addition, Terrell Herring is involved in the Mission Family of Companies’ support of the March of Dimes, an organization that works to reduce premature birth rates.
Recently, the March of Dimes teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve health for children exposed to drugs before birth. The partnership will look at Vermont, Illinois, and New Mexico, the three states with the highest incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), to evaluate the services that these children most need in their first months of life. When infants start their lives in withdrawal, they face a number of challenges. Understanding their needs can help ensure recovery.
In addition, these three states will gain valuable insight on why so many babies are being born exposed to drugs in the neonatal environment. This awareness could help create new programs and resources for women who are pregnant. Both organizations hope that the lessons learned in these three states will help other mothers and children across the nation.v
Bigs in Blue Initiative
The president of Alamo Pharma Services and the president of commercial operations at Mission Pharmacal Company, Terrell “Terry” Herring leverages his extensive business leadership experience in his work. Further, Terrell Herring is a former trustee for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), which awarded him the honor of Big Brother of the Year in 2007.
The BBBSA is a nonprofit organization that matches underserved children, which it names “Littles,” with adult mentors, named “Bigs,” who can provide children with guidance and advice relating to their lives and circumstances. Among the numerous initiatives that the BBBSA manages is the Bigs in Blue campaign, which offers Littles the opportunity to connect with law enforcement officers in their communities and learn more about what police do and how they can help. Through the campaign, the BBBSA hopes to foster stronger relationships between children, families, and the law enforcement professionals who serve them.
The BBBSA’s current goal is to expand the Bigs in Blue campaign so it becomes operational in at least one-third of its 300 affiliate locations throughout the United States. To achieve this aim BBBSA hopes to raise $5 million, which it will distribute to affiliates in the form of grants for program development.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Terrell Herring received his bachelor’s degree in biology with high honors from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He has since built a career as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, and is currently the president of Mission Pharmacal Company, based in San Antonio, Texas. Outside of work, Terrell Herring, also known as Terry, actively engages in charitable activities, and in the past he has served on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS).
In existence for over a century, BBBS is one of the country’s oldest mentoring organizations. Founded on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed in life, the organization matches a child aged six to 18 years with an adult volunteer mentor, who strives to provide the child with a strong role model. Through the years, this program has changed the lives of thousands.
In recent years, BBBS developed Bigs in Blue, a mentoring program that aims to improve relationships between police forces and the communities they serve. The program provides an opportunity for police officer volunteers to interact with a child for 30 minutes to an hour each week at the child’s school. BBBS president Pam Iorio claims that under current conditions, the presence of a police officer is immediately associated with arrest; the Bigs in Blue program aims to change this perception by helping children see police officers as friends rather than adversaries.
In order to expand the project to affiliates across the country, the BBBS has set a fundraising goal of $5 million. To learn more or to donate, visit www.bbbs.org/bigs-in-blue.
Mission Pharmacal Company
The recipient of graduate certificates in project design and international marketing, Terrell “Terry” Herring brings nearly 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to Mission Pharmacal Company through his position as president of commercial operations. Under Terry Herring’s guidance, the company has expanded its product reach to include long-term care providers for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Mission launched its long-term care plan in 2014 featuring four proven products designed to enhance the comfort, compliance, and dignity of nursing home patients. In addition to a small calcium and vitamin D supplement, Mission also partnered with a company offering an effervescent tablet for oral consumption which increases bone mass and helps treat osteoporosis.
The other two products come in the form of spray bottles, one of which requires a prescription and is used orally to provide relief from dry mouth. Finally, the company offers a zinc oxide spray which provides relief from incontinence associated dermatitis as well as resulting discomfort, illness, and pressure ulcers. Mission continues to seek out and develop unique long-term care products through partnerships with healthcare professionals.
Based in Pennsylvania, Terrell (“Terry”) Herring serves as the president of the Mission Family of Companies and guides affiliated firms such as Alamo Pharma Services, Epic Fulfillment, and BioComp Pharmaceuticals. Having held leadership positions with the Doylestown Presbyterian Church, Terrell Herring is also a member of the Board of A New Equilibrium (ANE), a nonprofit that focuses on issues confronting business leaders and their spiritual dimensions.
A recent ANE article at www.anewequilibrium.org focuses on the “March Madness” competition, in which numerous collegiate basketball teams vie for a National Championship that only one can obtain. Business is a lot like basketball competition in that the rewards at the end do not occur without scaling, maintaining, second-guessing, retrenching, and starting anew. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the “lead” changes and new plans supplant old strategies for attaining objectives. Employees may need to be “benched” when they fail to perform, and new “stars” may step up in the clutch and take the team through crunch time.
An important aspect to remember is that the competition itself drives basketball action, not just the team that is ultimately crowned the victor. An analogy to this is in Holy Week, when the celebration of Easter doesn’t occur without first passing through the despair of Good Friday. In the end, God wants our earnest success, but victory comes only at the last buzzer. In the meantime, it is vitally important to play each possession to the utmost when vying for the prize.
A magna cum laude biology graduate of The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, Terrell “Terry” Herring serves as president of commercial operations for Mission Pharmacal. An avid sports fan, Terrell “Terry” Herring supports the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Philadelphia Flyers.
Seeking to bolster its organizational depth through college free agency, the Flyers signed Union College forward Michael Vecchione in March. A native of Massachusetts, Vecchione played for the United States Hockey League’s Tri-City Storm from 2011-13 but went undrafted in the NHL. Through four seasons with Union, however, he recorded 71 goals and 105 assists, making him the college’s all-time leading scorer.
A Hobey Baker finalist as the top player in the NCAA, Vecchione posted career highs in goals and assists in 2016-17 with 29 and 34 respectively. He was considered one of the top available college free agents and, just four days after signing with Philadelphia, made his NHL debut in a game against the New Jersey Devils.