Businessman visits Sylacauga High School, donates to SCS Foundation

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Last week, businessman Mike T. Deason visited Sylacauga High School. However, his visit to campus was not a normal one.

Deason is a 1961 graduate of Sylacauga High School and never completed any level of higher education. Today, Deason is the owner of M. T. Deason Company located just outside of Birmingham.

M. T. Deason Company was founded in 1982 and specializes in utilities and services like electrofusion and steel control fitting in addition to custom meter and regulator stations. These utilities are used for water, natural gas, and wastewater industries and are sold nationwide.

Deason returned to Sylacauga for the first time this summer for his 55th high school reunion. While at the reunion, classmate Skip Smithwick encouraged Deason to become a chair for the Sylacauga City Schools Foundation. After donating to the Sylacauga City Schools Foundation, Deason wanted to give back to his alma mater. Last Monday, he spoke to the Sylacauga High School student body in an assembly.

Deason’s speech was centered around his personal story and opportunities in life for individuals without a college education. Deason’s personal story entails being enrolled at Auburn University but then dropping out soon after classes began. To this day, Deason credits his business success to a conversation he had with his father after dropping out. Deason’s father did not allow him to return home after dropping out of college. Instead, Deason went out and found work.

Deason added that he is incredibly impressed with the Sylacauga City Schools Foundation and the newly renovated facilities at Sylacauga City Schools. Deason stated that the outstanding facilities make him proud to be from the City of Sylacauga a graduate of Sylacauga High School.

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Michael Brannon is a former news and sports anchor from Mobile, Ala. and serves as RadioAlabama's Executive Vice President, Managing Editor & Director of Digital Projects & Strategy.

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