Hill, Sam(uel Ivey) 1953-
HILL, Sam(uel Ivey) 1953-
Born August 29, 1953, in Sumter, SC; son of John H. (a manager) and Martha (a seamstress; maiden name, Stone) Hill; married Elizabeth Upsall (a horticulturalist), November 24, 1978; children: Rachel E., Michael B. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Georgia, B.S., 1981; University of Chicago, M.B.A., 1984. Politics: "Irritable." Hobbies and other interests: Scuba diving, bicycling.
Home—654 Pine St., Winnetka, IL 60093. Office—8120 Lawndale, Skokie, IL 60046; fax: 847-679-7122. Agent—Phillip Spitzer, East Hampton, NY. E-mail—[email protected].
U.S. Peace Corps, Washington, DC, volunteer in Sierra Leone, 1973-75; Kraft/General Foods, Chicago, IL, director of international marketing strategy, 1981-84; Booz, Allen & Hamilton, chief marketing officer in Sydney, Australia, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL, 1984-87; Kraft/General Foods, Chicago, IL, director of international marketing strategy, 1987-89; Booz, Allen & Hamilton, chief marketing officer, 1989-97; DMBB, New York, NY, vice chair for marketing strategy, 1997-98; Helios Consulting, Skokie, IL, vice chair for marketing strategy, 1998—. FTD.com, board member, 1998-2002.
(With G. Rifkin) Radical Marketing, Harper (New York, NY), 1998.
(With C. Lederer) The Infinite Asset, Harvard Business School Publishing (Boston, MA), 2001.
Sixty Trends in Sixty Minutes, Wiley (New York, NY), 2002.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
Research on marketing practice for the next decade.
Sam Hill told CA: "What is my motivation for writing? I have no choice. Ideas show up, homeless, and I have to write them down to provide them a home. More seriously, I find myself compelled to write.
"My writing process has two stages. First I start assembling scraps of ideas. I arrange torn-out news items, napkin jottings, et cetera on a huge table. It is chaotic and unstructured. Then I go into disciplined mode: rewrite 2,000 words from yesterday, write 1,000 new words. I work in two two-hour blocks per day. I am impossible to live with."