Public Speaking Core Competencies

General James T. Hill, U.S. Army Retired Four Star, is the President/Principal of The JT Hill Group, Inc. based in Coral Gables, Florida. General Hill is a businessman and a former soldier-diplomat whose expertise at the highest levels of our government is operational, strategic and political. His last military job was as the Combatant Commander of U.S. Southern Command, commanding all U.S. military operations and relationships in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Upon retirement, General Hill was one of nine Presidential appointees to The 2005 Base Realignment and Base Closure Commission.


General (Ret) James T. Hill is a native of El Paso, Texas.  He retired after 37 years of service in the United States Army as a highly decorated combat veteran and a widely respected leader.  He has led and managed large, diverse organizations through periods of notable growth and change. He understands the workings of our U.S. government and the relationship between industry, the military, and Congress. He is an innovator and “agent for change”, recognized as such within the military and the U.S. government communities.


General Hill has strong ties and contacts with opinion and policy makers throughout our government’s executive and legislative branches, the military, the defense industry, academia and think tanks.  Additionally he has a keen understanding of the foreign militaries and governments both in and beyond Latin America. He has traveled and worked in 61 countries of the world.


General Hill currently sits on the boards of Fraunhofer USA, InB: BioTechnologies, Inc. and The Protective Group.  He is a retained consultant to Northrop Grumman, The Protective Group, Center for Molecular Biology and Enterprise Technology Partners, LLC. He writes a regular column for the Latin American magazine PODER, based in Bogotá, Colombia.  General Hill is on the board of United for Colombia, a nonprofit devoted to providing medical treatment to Colombian landmine victims.  He also serves on the Emergency Management Committee for the city of Coral Gables, Florida. He is a national advisor to The Military Child Education Coalition and a strong advocate for children with disabilities. He is a writer and a gifted public speaker.