David M. Hilton, Ph.D., President
David Hilton, founder and President of D. Hilton Associates Inc., is renowned for his insight on industry trends and his company’s ability to offer innovative solutions to help credit unions stay competitive in the market’s constantly changing conditions. Hilton began his career in banking and then joined a large Long Island, NY credit union during a time when the industry was known for its plain vanilla approach to financial services.
During his tenure at the organization, Hilton rose to the number two position and became known for process improvement and technology innovation. Knowing his ultimate goal was to become a chief executive, however, he began to field offers from credit unions around the country. He was 30 years old when he accepted a CEO position for a troubled $120 million New Jersey based credit union and within 24 months, had returned the organization to profitability.
Realizing that he loved problem solving and working with Boards, he decided to establish D. Hilton Associates Inc. as an executive recruiting firm in 1985. For almost 30 years, the firm has been involved with many of the high profile executive job placements in the nation.
Today, the firm employs a team of consultants that provide executive recruiting, executive and staff compensation, variable pay design, succession planning and 457(f) SERP development to credit unions throughout the United States. Clients range from $20 million in assets to more than $10 billion.
Debra J. Hilton, SPHR, Executive Vice President, D. Hilton Associates
Debbie Hilton specializes in the design, implementation and management of Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs). A professional money manager since 1983, Hilton joined D. Hilton Associates in 1996 after successfully selling her money management practice. While working with credit unions in the recruitment and retention of senior executives, she recognized the important relationship between total compensation, SERP design and investment performance as an integral retention tool.
Hilton established D. Hilton Financial Services in 1999 for the express purpose of facilitating the implementation and ongoing oversight of executive retirement plans. She has been instrumental in the implementation of more than $750 million in retention, retirement and compensation plans for credit union executives. The firm has consulted with more than 900 credit union clients nationwide in the development of SERP solutions.
The Society for Human Resource management has recognized Hilton as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Houston.
John W. Andrews, CCP, CSCP, SPHR, Executive Vice President
John Andrews joined D. Hilton Associates in 1986, a year after the company’s inception. He is considered a thought leader in the credit union industry regarding executive compensation and pay-for performance programs. His extensive knowledge in governance and his passion for working with nonprofit organizations has made him a fundamental part of the D. Hilton team.
Through his leadership, D. Hilton’s Compensation Practice has become the industry leader in custom designed salary administration and performance evaluation systems. D. Hilton is renowned for accumulating the most current industry salary and incentive data available on the market. He is also responsible for the development of D. Hilton’s Annual SERP Survey and Quarterly Compensation Impact Reports, considered best in industry.
Andrews received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Tulsa, and went on to Emerson College to pursue his Master’s in Business and Organizational Communication. Prior to joining D. Hilton, Andrews worked with KPMG Peat Marwick, the Center for Coastal Studies and the National Association of Insurance Women. Andrews holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resource Professionals, as well as the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and the Certified Sales Compensation Professional (CSCP) designations from the WorldAtWork Association.
Brian J. Kidwell, Executive Vice President
Brian Kidwell is an Executive Vice President and manages all client research and strategy initiatives for D. Hilton Associates. His specialties include executive succession planning, compensation and benefits analysis, SERP evaluation and design, executive recruiting analytics, qualitative and quantitative human resources research, site selection analysis, organizational assessment and strategic planning. Kidwell is responsible for the development of D. Hilton’s Member Migration Model – an exclusive research tool used for customer segmentation, behavior analysis and lifetime value. Prior to joining D. Hilton, Kidwell worked as a consultant focusing on consumer behavior business strategy.
He holds a B.B.A. in Management from Texas Tech University and an M.B.A. from Texas State University. Kidwell is also a published author in major consumer research journals and trade publications.