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Portfolio Company Spotlight: Q&A with Ed Freesmeier, VP of Sales and Marketing for Aerofil Technology, Inc.

Aerofil Technology, Inc., a contract manufacturer that provides aerosol formulation and packaging capabilities, has recently named Ed Freesmeier VP of Sales and Marketing.  Learn what characteristics Ed believes sets Aerofil apart and why he is excited to be a member of the HBM portfolio company family.   Please walk us through your professional background. What […]

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Talent Summit Underscores Leadership Development as Strategic Priority

As part of HBM’s commitment to add value to our portfolio companies, we continually seek ways to invest in leadership development. Last year, we created a two-day training program called Leadership in Action that helped hone the skills of leaders from across our family of companies. This year, we built on that success by hosting […]

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Sneak Peek: Photography From Inaugural Talent Summit

We recently hosted leaders from across our portfolio companies for our inaugural Talent Summit in St. Louis on May 23rd. For an action-packed one day event, participants disconnected from the world to network with other leaders across the HBM portfolio and discover tools to become even more effective leaders. Activities ranged from CEO panels to […]

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From Recruiting to Supply Chains: Mike Chill Shares Tech’s Benefits with the St. Louis Business Journal

Mike Chill, HBM’s VP of Information Technology, recently shared some insights with the St. Louis Business Journal. Discover highlights from that discussion — including how HBM uses technology as a recruiting tool.   When using technology effectively, privately-held companies have an advantage. HBM’s tech initiatives align with the firm’s business objectives, which are set annually. […]

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Portfolio Company Spotlight: Q&A with Daniel Wright, CEO of Aerofil Technology, Inc.

Aerofil Technology, Inc., a contract manufacturer that provides aerosol formulation and packaging capabilities, has recently appointed Daniel Wright as Chief Executive Officer. Learn why Daniel is excited about the future prospects for Aerofil.   Discuss your career journey and how HBM’s focus on talent development aided you in your recent career move. DW: I spent […]

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The Talent Crunch: How to Find and Keep the Best Workers in a Tight Labor Market

Increasingly, firms recognize that the best investment for revenue growth is human capital. That’s true at HBM Holdings, where we view talent as a primary differentiator. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Fields shared her perspective on that topic recently at Intergrowth 2018  — discover her insights for effectively recruiting, developing, and retaining […]

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HBM Proudly Supports U.S. Veterans in More Ways than One

Mike DeCola, HBM’s CEO and President, receives the Order of the Bear Award for outstanding contributions to the Olin Veterans Association. We are passionate about hiring veterans and have aligned ourselves with Olin Veterans Association (OVA). The OVA was established to assist veteran students transition successfully into the business world. The program offers veterans an […]

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Wellness Works: Putting Healthy Living into Practice at HBM

Two years ago, HBM Holdings, Tru-Flex and Mississippi Lime embarked on a healthy lifestyle journey to encourage employees to participate in healthy activities. Although the theme and core objectives of the “Wellness Works” program are consistent across companies, Shelly Cattoor, Senior Manager Total Rewards, partners with the human resources teams at each of HBM’s portfolio […]

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JB Cromwell Joins HBM as an Associate in its Corporate Development Team

HBM welcomes Joseph B. Cromwell (aka, “JB”) as an Associate and a member of the firm’s Accelerated Development Program. JB will work with Andrew Fulford, VP of Corporate Development, and the Associates team on both internal consulting projects and strategic projects focused on adding value to HBM’s portfolio companies.    Please introduce yourself and walk us […]

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Our Accelerated Development Program in Action

We sat down with Pat Hardin, Business Manager Standard Calcium Products at Mississippi Lime Company (“MLC”), to discuss how HBM’s Accelerated Development program prepared him for his new role at MLC. Please introduce yourself and walk us through your current role at MLC. PH:  My career path is somewhat atypical of a traditional HBM Associate.  […]

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How Lean Manufacturing Helped Aerofil Forge a Continuous Improvement Path

For more than a decade, one of HBM’s portfolio companies — Aerofil Technology — has used a process-improvement method called Lean Manufacturing. In this Q&A, Joe Sonderman, Senior Vice President of Operations at Aerofil Technology Inc., explains how Lean Manufacturing has helped the company and its customers, and also shares critical steps for effective adoption. […]

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Collaboration: The Cornerstone of How We Operate

Once a year, HR Leaders from across our enterprise convene for an annual summit to collaborate and develop a sense of community.  This year, the team convened in Austin, Texas. When HBM invests in a company, we provide more than capital.  We look to partner with our portfolio companies for the long-term, providing support and […]

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Lessons in Sustaining Family Businesses with Independent Directors

Mike DeCola, HBM’s CEO and President, moderated a panel discussion at the 3rd annual Olin Family Business Symposium on the role of independent directors in family businesses.  In February, Washington University in St. Louis hosted their third annual Family Business Symposium.  The purpose of the symposium was to bring together students, faculty, and family business […]

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How Investment Firms are Finding Value in a Competitive Market

Ryan Supple, HBM’s Director of Deal Origination, along with three investment professionals, discuss investing in private markets at a recent alumni event hosted by the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York City. The heightened competition for investments has resulted in investment firms pursuing outside-the-box methods for both sourcing opportunities and deal structuring. Investors across […]

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HBM is Expanding its Information Technology Team

At HBM, there is a direct alignment of technology initiatives to our portfolio businesses strategic objectives. We view technology as an integral component, creating operational efficiencies through the implementation of common applications that streamline our business processes with the ultimate purpose of benefiting our customers, our portfolio companies and HBM. As we continue on our […]

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Q&A with Jason Huck, Mississippi Lime’s new Director of Information Technology

In December 2017, Mississippi Lime, one of HBM’s portfolio companies, welcomed Jason Huck as the new Director of Information Technology. Jason will report to Michael Chill, HBM’s VP of Information Technology. About Mississippi Lime: For over a century, Mississippi Lime Company (MLC) has been providing the nation with high-calcium lime products, utilizing one of the highest […]

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IT Professionals Navigating the Waters of Evolving Workplace Networks

Michael Chill, HBM’s VP of Information Technology, along with two other IT leaders from St. Louis, discuss the mobile and connected workforce of the future. Michael Chill recently participated in the Fourth Annual St. Louis CIO/CISO/Chief Data Officer Summit.  Mike was joined on the panel by Mike Gibbons, CISO at Edward Jones. The discussion focused […]

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How HBM Successfully Integrates Itself into new Portfolio Acquisitions

A Q&A with Alex Aubel, HBM’s Corporate Controller and integration manager for Schafer Industries, who sat down with us to discuss his role at HBM and his responsibilities as the integration lead for Schafer Industries. CC: Please introduce yourself and your role at HBM. AA:  I joined HBM in 2016 as the Corporate Controller and […]

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Lending a Hand This Holiday Season

HBM is once again proud to support a St. Louis family identified by the United Way of Greater St. Louis as one of the 100 Neediest Cases.  A tradition since the early 1900s, the program identifies local families enduring extreme hardship, connecting them with resources and helping hands during the holiday season. This year we […]

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HBM’s Acquisition of Aerofil Highlights Importance of Talent Development and Long-Term Commitment

Aerofil Technology, Inc., a leading contract manufacturer that fills aerosol and liquid containers for industry-leading brands, was acquired by HBM Holdings on September 29, 2017.  Although the acquisition was recent, Aerofil has quickly benefitted from the financial and talent-based support HBM provides to its portfolio companies. When HBM acquires a company, we look to hold […]

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Q&A with Gregory Sherman, Delavau’s new Vice President of Operations

Earlier this month, Delavau, one of HBM’s portfolio companies, welcomed Gregory Sherman as Vice President of Operations.  Gregory will be a member of Delavau’s leadership team, reporting to John Burrows, CEO. About Delavau: For over 150 years, Delavau has been relied upon as a premier supplier of food, pharmaceutical, and nutritional technologies to major nutraceutical, […]

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The Alignment of IT and Leadership

Michael Chill, HBM’s VP of Information Technology, will be posting a blog on a periodic basis to highlight the enterprise-wide initiatives the firm is currently undertaking. The Changing Role of Technology A recent McKinsey & Company article, IT’s Future Value Proposition, discussed the future role of IT, and its ability to play a greater role […]

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Our Giving Tuesday Suggestions

A large component of our corporate culture is philanthropy, more specifically supporting our local community.  We are fortunate to have employees who share our philanthropic beliefs. This year, we are proud to have supported several non-profit organizations including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, World Pediatric Project, College Bound and Pedal the Cause. These […]

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Proud to Support our Community

At HBM, we believe that the holidays provide an opportunity for us to give back to the communities in which we operate. The United Way of Greater St. Louis is an organization that we are proud to support.  For the past two years, Mississippi Lime, HBM and its employees have raised nearly $100,000 each year […]

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Developing Talent from Within

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – Tom Peters, American author on business management practices HBM built its culture on a foundation of continuous learning. To support the goal of lifelong learning, the company has created several programs to develop talent and leadership both within HBM Holdings and in the portfolio companies.  This […]

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Q&A with Ryan Supple

We sat down with Ryan Supple, Director of Deal Origination for HBM, to reflect on the company’s business development efforts and the recent acquisition of Schafer Industries and Aerofil Technology CC: The current middle market deal landscape is extremely competitive.  How does HBM differentiate itself? RS:  At a high level, our deal activity experienced a […]

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Recruiting and Retaining Portfolio Company Talent

Senior female HR leaders within the financial services sector share their insight and best tactics for recruiting and retaining talent at their firms and portfolio companies Amy Fields, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for HBM, participated in a panel discussion at the 5th Annual Kayo Women’s Conference held in Washington, DC, to discuss […]

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Four Key Reasons Why the HBM and Aerofil Technology Partnership Is a Perfect Match

HBM’s business development hard work has paid off in the third quarter of 2017.  The second acquisition in just 60 days, the Aerofil Technologies acquisition is a testament to our desire to aggressively build our portfolio and deploy capital in acquiring specialty manufacturers in sectors such as transportation, industrial equipment, energy, chemicals, and minerals. Bob […]

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We Ride to Find a Cure for Cancer

Mississippi Lime and HBM Holdings employees have been longtime supporters of the annual Pedal the Cause charity event, whose mission is to provide funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This year, over 3,000 riders raised $2.8 million during the September 23rd and 24th cycling event. Our […]

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Tru-Flex’s Sacoma Expands Its Plant Operations

Our investment philosophy is differentiated from the typical private equity model in that we invest for the long-term.  We partner with our portfolio companies, providing them with the resources to execute on their strategic plans.  The Tru-Flex December 2015 acquisition of Sacoma International, a leading designer and manufacturer of metal stamped and assembled parts, tubes, […]

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Shelly Cattoor Joins HBM’s Talent Development Team

We are pleased to announce that Shelly Cattoor joined HBM on September 5th as Senior Manager, Total Rewards reporting to Amy Fields, Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Officer.  Shelly will be an enterprise-wide resource responsible for carrying out the strategic and tactical efforts related to compensation, benefits and HR systems within HBM and across […]

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Day in the Life of a HBM Summer Associate – Q&A with Taylor Perry

We discussed Taylor Perry’s experience at HBM this summer, touching on his project work, HBM’s culture and life as a St. Louis resident CC: Can you share with us the project you worked on this summer and how it impacted HBM and/or the portfolio company? TP: This summer, I was assigned a technical project for […]

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Portfolio Company Spotlight: The 80-Year History of Schafer Industries

On August 1, 2017, HBM Holdings completed the platform acquisition of Schafer Industries, a leading producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts as well as assembled axles, transaxles, transmissions, brake assemblies and other components for a wide variety of industries. Founded in 1934 – right in the middle of the Great Depression – Schafer […]

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Charles Mullenger joins HBM as a Corporate Development Associate

HBM welcomes Charles Mullenger as an Associate and a member of the firm’s Accelerated Development Program. Charles will work with Daniel Wright, VP of Corporate Development, and the Associates team on internal consulting projects and strategic projects focused on adding value to HBM’s portfolio companies.     CC: Can you share your educational background and work experience? […]

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Our Summer Associate, Sarah Salky, Shares Her Experience at HBM

We sat down with Sarah Salky to discuss the project she worked on this summer as a Summer Associate and her overall experience as a HBM employee. CC: Can you share with us the project you worked on this summer and what your general role and responsibilities were? SS: This summer I was lucky enough […]

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DeCola on Why St. Louis was Selected to Host the 100th PGA Championship

Mike DeCola is the 2018 PGA Championship General Chairman and has played a central role in the planning of this historic event. He was recently interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal. In 2018, St. Louis will host the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. It is an event city leaders and the local […]

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IT Solutions as an Enterprise Level Service

Michael Chill, HBM’s VP of Information Technology, will be posting a blog on a periodic basis to highlight the enterprise-wide initiatives the firm is currently undertaking. A key component of our philosophy regarding technology is how key solutions in one business can migrate, adapt and become a solution for another.  We encourage strategies and solutions […]

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Behind-the-Scene Factors That Helped Shape the Schafer Acquisition

We have been so pleased with the attention we have received from our  successful acquisition of Schafer Industries, a leading producer of high-precision, custom-engineered gears and machined parts as well as assembled axles, transaxles, transmissions, brake assemblies and other components for a wide variety of industries. As with any decision of this magnitude, the transaction […]

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Our Summer Associate, Latif Alam, Shares His Experience at HBM

We sat down with Latif Alam to discuss the project he worked on this summer as a Summer Associate, his overall experience as a HBM employee and a St. Louis resident. CC: Can you share with us the project you worked on this summer and how it impacted HBM and/or the portfolio company? LA: This […]

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Our Fall 2017 Recruiting Schedule

Fall is one of our most favorite times of year when we have the opportunity to meet future HBM team members. This August, we kick-off our on-campus visits at Indiana University Kelley School of Business. There, we’ll have the opportunity to speak with first and second year MBA students during a networking night and roundtable […]

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The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love St. Louis

HBM takes great pride in our city of St. Louis and we would love to share with you our Top Five reasons why we are proud to call this city our home! Some of us are natives of Missouri and others are transplants Regardless, we all are proud to call St. Louis our home for […]

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HBM Holdings Featured in Middle Market Growth’s Summer Issue

In the summer issue of Middle Market Growth magazine, HBM Holdings and Tru-Flex discuss how HBM’s patient capital approach to investing has helped Tru-Flex execute on their long-term business strategy. We are pleased to share The Patient Investor article which is featured in the summer edition of Middle Market Growth magazine.  The piece outlines how […]

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HBM Expands Its Corporate Development Team: Q&A with Nik Ljoljic, Associate

HBM welcomes Nik Ljoljic as an Associate and a member of the firm’s Accelerated Development Program. Nik will work with Daniel Wright, VP of Corporate Development, and the Associates team on internal consulting projects and strategic projects focused on adding value to HBM’s portfolio companies.     CC: Can you share your educational background and work experience? […]

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A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.” – Henry Ford This month, the team at one of our portfolio companies, Delavau, rallied together to organize a food drive for the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Pennsylvania. The St. Vincent De Paul Society is one of the oldest and […]

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Special Webinar Discussion with Middle Market Growth featuring Mike DeCola and Gregg Notestine

HBM was recently interviewed by Middle Market Growth magazine in a special webinar entitled “Manufacturing Through a Private Equity Lense” which featured HBM’s CEO Mike DeCola, as well as the CEO of HBM’s portfolio company Tru-Flex, Gregg Notestine. The discussions centered around Tru-Flex’s focus in the automotive aftermarket and how HBM’s long-term capital approach to […]

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M&A Strategy Discussion for Family Owned Investment Companies

Mike DeCola, HBM’s CEO, along with two other leaders from St. Louis-based family owned investment companies discuss the unique nature of competing for investment opportunities in the middle market. Mike DeCola recently participated in the Second Annual Olin Family Business Symposium.  Mike was joined on the panel by Kyle Chapman of Forsyth Capital and Michael […]

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The Ins and Outs of Deal Sourcing: Ryan Supple Participates on a Panel Discussion Hosted by Olin Finance Club

Seasoned business development professionals from St. Louis based investment management firms shared their expertise on deal sourcing and the current state of the deal origination space. Ryan Supple, Director of Deal Origination for HBM, participated on a panel discussion at Washington University Olin Business School to discuss the ins and outs of deal sourcing. The […]

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Meet HBM’s Summer Associates Class of 2017

We spent some time with HBM’s Summer Associates to get to know them a little better and hear what was the determining factor for them choosing to come to St. Louis Each year, HBM recruits talented students from select MBA programs to join us as Summer Associates this May. The program is unique, as Summer […]

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Leadership is a Series of Actions

HBM’s Investment in the People of its Portfolio Companies:  Leadership in Action Talent development throughout our portfolio companies is a strategic priority for us. We don’t believe in simply motivating those in leadership roles; we help our portfolio companies directly by crafting and offering programs and strategies to create fully functioning, high performing teams that […]

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Our Long-Term Capital Approach

We are pleased to share our latest whitepaper, Our Long-Term Capital Approach.  In it, we have real-world examples of capital being deployed to make aggressive investments to capture the true potential of our businesses. Our operating model is fundamentally differentiated from the traditional private equity approach.  We believe it is what helps us compete most […]

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How We Put Technology at the Core of Business Strategy

HBM recently welcomed Michael Chill, VP of Information Technology.  A newly established enterprise-wide position, Michael’s role supports the management teams of HBM’s portfolio companies and plays a key role in the due diligence process. HBM is unique to have an IT Leadership role at the holding company level.  What were the factors that lead to […]

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Philanthropy: Mississippi Lime Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

Connecting with our community and providing assistance where needed, is the foundation for who we are individually and as a company. Mississippi Lime employees are passionate about fighting cancer.  This past year, they participated in the “Ride To Survive” fundraiser in St. Genevieve and “Pedal The Cause” in St. Louis.  Each charitable organization raises funds […]

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Portfolio Company Series – Conversation with John Burrows, CEO of Delavau

We sat down with John Burrows to hear his views on how HBM’s long-term, patient capital strategy has impacted the strategy and vision of Delavau. About Delavau: For over 150 years, Delavau has been relied upon as a premier supplier of food, pharmaceutical, and nutritional technologies to major nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, and food brands. Please introduce […]

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Preparing Tomorrow’s CEO: Our Associate Development Program

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” ~ Harvey S. Firestone We value our Associate Development program and use it as a platform to build our future pipeline of leaders.  We believe leadership is the art of helping people achieve things they didn’t think was possible, and in the process, […]

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HBM’s Corporate Development Next Phase: Q&A with Daniel Wright, VP

HBM recently welcomed Daniel Wright as a VP of Corporate Development.  In his role, Daniel seeks to utilize his experience running a global business to add value to HBM and its portfolio companies, as well as further develop HBM’s Associates Program to position them for a successful career. What were the critical factors underpinning your […]

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HBM End of Year Reflection

The start of a new year always brings with it fresh perspective and clarity of purpose.  However, the exercise of looking forward cannot be completed effectively without taking stock of the past year’s wins and losses. Overall, our experience in deal activity in 2016 has been somewhat contrary to broad middle-market sluggishness:  Our year-over-year deal […]

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HBM Participates In Panel Discussion Sponsored by Emory University

There were various schools of thought on each of the topics discussed, but one thing that all panel participants agreed upon is that private equity competition continues to expand and touches on all factors relevant in the sector.  Late last year,  Ryan Supple, Manager of Deal Origination for HBM, participated on a panel discussion at […]

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A Team Effort This Holiday Season

Furniture building is not a core competency of ours, but nevertheless, we were proud of our handiwork to benefit a United Way family here in St. Louis this holiday season. “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” – Grinch. This holiday season, we decided to adopt a family […]

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A Day In The Life Of A Corporate Development Associate At HBM Holdings

Meet Adam Silver, a Corporate Development associate at HBM.  Adam joined HBM as a Summer Intern while attending the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.  Learn why Adam chose to accept a full-time position at HBM after graduation. Embarking on a career in can be both exciting and terrifying.  It helps to be able […]

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Weekend Extravaganza

Mike DeCola – and by extension HBM Holdings – was named a finalist and winner of the Central Midwest Region at this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Mike DeCola, CEO, and Don Roberts, SVP Corporate Development, both attended the national EY award ceremony in California late November.  Both Mike and Don reported that […]

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A Day In The Life of An Associate at HBM Holdings

Meet Dan Soucy, a current Associate at HBM. Dan joined HBM as a Summer Associate while attending Washington University in St. Louis.  Read on to learn why Dan chose to accept a full-time position at HBM after graduation. No matter what your chosen career path, the process of graduating university and accepting an offer from […]

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Let’s Give Thanks

HBM Holdings and its employees proudly support the United Way The United Way of Greater St. Louis holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons. The following story that the United Way shares on its website exemplifies the reason why 100% of our company employees support this charitable organization:  A young child named […]

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Celebrating our New Headquarters – HBM’s Fall Fête

On November 10th, we welcomed our local business colleagues and friends to our new corporate headquarters in the Clayton section of St. Louis for an evening of good conversation, casual music and delicious food.  Many local firms were in attendance including JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, E&Y, Fifth Third Bank, RubinBrown LLP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Moneta Group and […]

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