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Robert E. Hill

Retired CEO, Acosta, Inc.

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Robert E. Hill, Jr. is a longtime sales and marketing professional who served Acosta in a variety of key capacities starting in 1986. His reputation for achieving outstanding results comes from his in-depth knowledge of the industry, strategic sales execution excellence, and strong client relationships. Hill was previously President of Siler Brokerage, a family business started by his grandfather in 1927. He managed sales and marketing for numerous consumer packaged goods companies when Acosta acquired Siler in 1994. After a series of positions with increasing responsibility, he was appointed Acosta’s President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004. During his tenure, Hill led Acosta in meeting the sales and marketing objectives for more than 500 consumer packaged goods companies across North America and the acquisition and integration of 50 sales and marketing agencies to increase Acosta’s size, scale, and service offerings. He became President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2009 and was appointed Vice Chairman of Acosta in September 2016 leading an associate base of 30,000. He retired from the company in 2018.

Hill is active in the Jacksonville, FL, and Knoxville, TN, communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of Baptist Health System, which encompasses six Northeast Florida hospitals, and previously chaired this board for seven years. Hill is a 1983 graduate of Furman University where he also serves on the board.  He is a member of the United Way of Northeast Florida Board of Trustees and chaired their 2017 fundraising campaign. Hill is on The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Board of Trustees and chairs the Investment Committee. He also serves on the board of TriCor Braun, Webb School and The Trust Company of Tennessee.