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James Hill, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
Begin Today To Mold The You of Tomorrow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1941
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
Begin Today To Mold The You of Tomorrow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/20/1941
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Accountant James Hill, Jr. was born in Baltimore on August 20, 1941, to Joyce and James Hill, Sr. Hill graduated from Central State University with a B.S. in accounting in 1964, and received his M.B.A. in personnel administration and accounting in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He is CPA-licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

In 1964, Hill began his career as a cost accountant for Union Carbide in New York, where he stayed for one year. After receiving his M.B.A., he began working as a Chicago staff auditor for Alexander Grant & Company. Between 1968 and 1970, Hill worked as the deputy director of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation. In February 1972, he founded his own accounting firm. In 1975 he took on a partner to become Hill, Taylor, Certified Public Accountants where he presides today as chairman and CEO.

Hill has received numerous awards and honors for both his professional and community work. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Illinois CPA Society, the National Black Association of Accountants and the National Black MBA Association. He is a board member of various community and nonprofit organizations, including the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Better Government Association, Citizen Information Service, the Chicago Commons Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Chicago Economic Advisory Committee. He is also a council member to the graduate business schools at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois.

Hill married Sheree in 1995. He is father to two adult sons, James III and Brian.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Hill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Hill lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Hill describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about his father, James Hill, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Hill describes his mother, Joyce Lee Hill
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Hill talks about how his parents met and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Hill describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Hill describes his interest in sports as a boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Hill talks about his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Hill remembers attending Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Hill recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Hill talks about his post-high school plans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Hill talks about deciding to attend Central State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Hill describes attending Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Hill describes his professors and the president of Central State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about pledging the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Central State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Hill talks about majoring in accounting at Central State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Hill describes the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Hill remembers his first accounting job at Union Carbide in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Hill describes Niagara Falls, New York in 1964
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Hill talks about getting his MBA from the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Hill talks about his reasons for taking a job at a CPA firm in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Hill talks about his divorce and children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Hill remembers working for Graham Thornton and the Chicago Economic Development Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Hill recalls briefly entering the car wash business in 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Hill describes starting his own accounting firm in 1972
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Hill describes his accounting firm's specialty areas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Hill describes the highlights of his accounting career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Hill talks about his accounting work with nonprofits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Hill gives advice to young people who are interested in accounting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Hill shares his view on the Arthur Andersen scandal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - James Hill describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - James Hill talks about his volunteer activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Hill describes the technological changes in accounting since the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Hill talks about ethics in accounting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Hill reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Hill talks about his father's pride in his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Hill describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Hill talks about the future of his accounting firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Hill talks about the key to business success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Hill reflects upon his skills
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Hill describes how small nonprofits do not understand accounting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - James Hill talks about his business partner, Kenneth Yu
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - James Hill describes ABLE, Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Hill narrates his photographs