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, New York 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 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. Since its inception, the firm has been involved with many of the high profile executive job placements in the nation. Hilton holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from City University of New York, a master’s degree in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Organizational Management from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.