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Mike DeCola

RS Decola 200Mike DeCola, CEO of HBM Holdings, is the recipient of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) 2015 Raven Award, the highest honor the Raven Society can bestow on an individual. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals in their chosen field and community. In addition, alumni recipients must have contributed exceptional service to the University.

DeCola’s contributions to the success of FMC, Mississippi Lime and HBM Holdings were cited in his recognition, as well as his strong presence on a number of civic initiatives in the St. Louis community, including his leadership of the Regional Business Council, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, co-chair of the United Way Campaign in 2014, and his role as General Chairman for the 100th PGA Championship to be competed at Bellerive Country Club in 2018.

DeCola remains highly involved with the University of Virginia. He serves on the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees at the Darden School of Business, serves as Chair of the Development Committee of the Darden School Foundation, is committed to scholarship and recruiting at Darden, as well as his regular teaching engagements (he holds an Honorary Faculty appointment). He will speak at Darden as part of their Leadership Speaker Series October 6.

“It has been a priority for me to stay active and involved with UVA and the Darden School of Business, because of the educational and professional opportunities they provided me,” said DeCola. “I am honored to be recognized with this award.”

The Raven Society is the oldest and most prestigious honor society at the University of Virginia, named for former student Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem. Darden was ranked number 3 in the world of the top 100 MBA programs in the most recent rankings of The Economist.