We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our founder and visionary, David Hillman, on December 27. Mr. Hillman, known as “David” to all who worked with and for him and to his family, lived a full and generous life–sharing his dedication to his community and to the value of mutual respect for the entrepreneurial spirit of those he employed as well as the students he supported through the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, which he established in 2006 in a partnership between Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland College Park. The Program, which since 2013, boasts its additional partnership with Montgomery College, enrolls approximately 60 students per year into its 3-year program of intensive career and academic mentorship, entrepreneurial education, leadership development, and engagement with the local business community.
In particular, the three Program Directors at MC, UMD, and PGCC are in debt to David and his family for the opportunity to shepherd the Hillman students to their bright futures. The 400+ students who have been part of the Hillman Entrepreneurial Program are already repaying their own debt through their own contributions in our community–through their success, our community thrives. Many are working in highly competitive positions; others have started their own businesses; and still others are enrolled in or have completed graduate school. In these ways and more, the light and vision of David Hillman live on.
Gabrielle Duvall, General Counsel for David’s company, Southern Management Corporation, first shared the sad news of David’s passing with the Program members. In her message, she noted, David “dedicated his life to making his company the best place to work, and his communities the best place to live. He was highly regarded for his visionary leadership and commitment to giving back to the community. As you all know, David was most proud of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program.”
I think I speak for all of us when I say that we as the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program are most proud as well to carry on his legacy through our own development as leaders in the community, with the power and commitment to give back to those who come after us.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 4, at 11 a.m. at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, 7777 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD. Hillman students, past and present, are most welcome to attend.