J. French Hill
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Delta Trust & Banking Corp.
J. French Hill is an investor and banker. He is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp., a private banking and wealth management company headquartered in Little Rock with clients across the Nation.
Over the past thirty years, Mr. Hill has had a rich career in both the private and public sectors. Since 1979, he has been a senior executive in the commercial banking, investment banking and private equity businesses. He has served two presidents, acted as a senior advisor to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – including on his 2008 run for the White House and served as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senators John Tower (R-TX) and Jake Garn (R-UT).
Mr. Hill served as a senior official in the George H.W. Bush Administration. President Bush asked him to leave the Treasury and guide his White House economic policy coordination. At age 34, he served as the Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council (EPC). The EPC, composed of the President’s cabinet, was the primary channel for advising the President on domestic and international economic policies.
Prior to his joining the White House staff, Mr. Hill served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance. He represented the United States as a negotiator in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII). After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Hill led the design of U. S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. For his leadership and service at the Treasury and the White House, Mr. Hill was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by Secretary of the Treasury Nicholas Brady in January 1993.
A ninth generation Arkansan, he is dedicated to his hometown of Little Rock and his native state of Arkansas where is has been involved numerous charitable and civic endeavors including past president of the eighth Rotary Club in the world, the Rotary Club of Little Rock, and is the 2013 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
As a proud Eagle Scout, Mr. Hill was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America for his commitment to youth. For his work in historic preservation and expanding the State’s Historic Arkansas Museum, he was named Museum Trustee of the Year; received the Hanlon Award by the City of Little Rock for Outstanding Business Leader for the arts and humanities; and, the Arkansas Heritage Award from Governor Mike Beebe at the Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
In 2010, he was selected by AY Magazine as its “Most Powerful Man” in business in Arkansas. He has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN, FOX and NPR on political and economic policy matters.
Mr. Hill is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Hill holds the Certified Corporate Director designation from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill, and a son, William Payne Hill.