George Jason Hild '01
(Awarded June 4, 2011)
Arriving by way of Spartanburg, SC and Aurora, NY, Jason Hild enrolled at Davidson College in the fall of 1997. Throughout his four years at Davidson, he was an active and engaged member of the Davidson campus community. Most notably, Jason was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the DC'01 Investment Partnership, Economics Center Team Leader and tutor, and mechanic at the local bicycle shop The Wheel. Jason also volunteered at a local hospital, spent a semester studying in Spain, was involved with the Organization for Latin American Students, and played intramural soccer, basketball, and flickerball.
Jason was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society, Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, and Phi Beta Delta international honor society. Also, the economics department recognized Jason with the Wall Street Student Achievement Award for his academic achievement and contributions to the department. In May 2001, Jason graduated cum laude, having majored in economics and minored in Spanish.
Upon graduation, Jason began his career in finance, working for First Union Securities' Mergers & Acquisitions Group and helping to build Edgeview Partners, a boutique investment banking firm in Charlotte. Following three years of banking, Jason spent four years as a private equity investor in Washington, DC and New York, NY, received his MBA from Stanford and returned to New York City to become a Vice President of Dominus Capital, a start-up private equity firm.
Despite the distances and the demands of his professional career, alma mater has remained close to Jason's heart. He is passionate about Davidson and recognizes the importance of philanthropy in preserving a tradition of academic excellence and enhancing the Davidson experience for current and future Wildcats. Since 2003, Jason has been a tremendous fundraiser for the Davidson College Annual Fund, serving as a chair for the Class of 2001's campaign. In 2008, Jason conceived and implemented a successful challenge to the Class of 2001, setting an unprecedented level of young alumni support with more than 67% of the Class of 2001 making a gift to the college. As chair of the 10th Reunion Gift, Jason has led the Class of 2001 to set new records, having the largest 10th reunion gift to date and the greatest number of donors from a single class in Davidson's history.
Jason is a spirited leader for his class and for Davidson, and there are few who have not been moved and motivated by his contagious enthusiasm. Classmates and colleagues alike look forward to seeing what more Jason can achieve as his class moves out of its Young Alumni years.
For helping to make Davidson successful - for your commitment to fundraising, for your passion for the Davidson experience, for your faithful, extraordinary services as an alumnus, and for your dedication to alma mater, the Davidson College Alumni Association is proud to honor you, George Jason Hild, with the Young Alumni Service Award.