Alumni Achievers - Hector Herrera

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Héctor Herrera ‘81

“I have certainly lived through failures and defeats as much as successes in my life, and probably have enjoyed more the times that I had to get up from being down than the sweet victories.”

Hector Herrera

Héctor Herrera ‘81, BBA
Vice President
Exxon Mobil
Latin America Operations

At the young age of 15, his first summer job was cleaning at a gasoline station. Héctor A. Herrera could not have foreseen that this modest entry into the petroleum industry would eventually lead him to the position he holds today.

The greatest lesson he learned was that if he worked hard at whatever he did, he would succeed. Herrera’s no-nonsense approach to success was taught to him by his father, “Get things done, give everything you’ve got and earn your keep.” A positive, “never-quit” attitude was also inspired by his coaches who gave him a passion for every task he undertook.

Herrera takes pride in the fact that he did not know a word of English until sixth grade in elementary school, where the principal continuously supported him in his mastery of the language. Herrera also credits his mastery of his native tongue and understanding of his culture to opening doors for him in both professional and personal endeavors. His determined optimism is evident in his approach to life.

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