Herb came to the United States from Germany in 1952 where he had five years of prosthetic and orthotic training from 1947 to 1952. He attended Northwestern University, New York University, and the University of California specifically in the education of prosthetics. Herb and business partner Lothar Grade opened Northern Prosthetics & Orthopedic Company in 1961 in Rockford, Illinois. In 1992 Herb became sole proprietor of the company and on Dec. 28, 1999, the company became a corporate entity. Herb is licensed in the State of Illinois, certified by the American Board for Certification, is a member of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association and has been certified as a VA Prosthetist since 1972. Herb has completed several continuing education courses with various suppliers.