EY Announces Mike DeCola an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Finalist in the Central Midwest

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ST. LOUIS, MO – (May 16, 2016) – EY announced that Mike DeCola, President and CEO of HBM Holdings, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Central Midwest, which encompasses Missouri and Kansas. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Mike DeCola was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a black-tie celebration on June 16, 2016 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, Missouri.

“While this award recognizes individuals, my selection is a shared recognition with all of the outstanding leaders in Mississippi Lime and HBM Holdings that have contributed to our growth and success.  It is my honor to represent them in this process,” says DeCola.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include PNC Bank, Lathrop & Gage, Lockton Companies and Common Ground Public Relations.

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About HBM Holdings

HBM Holdings Company is a management firm that acquires, supports and operates middle-market businesses in industrial products and services. The Company’s strategy is to grow a diversified portfolio using a long-term buy and build approach. HBM Holdings provides its portfolio companies with professional management expertise, financial resources, and high potential human capital to accelerate their growth. For more information, visit HBMHoldings.com.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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