Courtney Hill

Courtney Hill is the Chief Executive Officer of Market M, LLC.

Over the course of his career, Courtney has provided strategic communications counsel to hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations operating in a wide variety of industries. His activity and interests in the small business community eventually led him to develop and manage Hill & Knowlton Small Business (H+K SMB), the small and mid-sized business service unit of Hill + Knowlton Strategies, one of the largest communications consulting/public relations firms in the world. After two years of rapid growth, H+K SMB was spun off to create what today is Market M.

Before launching H+K SMB and Market M, Courtney was the day-to-day lead on one of the Chicago office’s largest accounts, the Illinois Lottery. In this position, Courtney served as the director of communications for the $2 billion state agency and oversaw the activities of three PR firms. His primary responsibility was to set and manage all communications strategy for the Lottery, handle all media inquiries and serve as the public spokesperson for the agency, coordinate all communications efforts between the Governor’s office and the Lottery’s other PR firms, and to provide media counsel to the Lottery Superintendent and Marketing Director. Courtney has also worked for a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients, such as Ernst & Young, Motorola, Hewlett Packard and Ford.

Prior to joining H+K, Courtney served as the lead program coordinator in the Office for Minority Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he managed communications and coordinated all minority recruitment and high school education programs for the University. This included outreach to African American, Hispanic and Native American students throughout the state of North Carolina, working with high school guidance counselors and college financial aid offices to distribute scholarship information, training and managing more than 150 student staff members, and hosting more than 3,500 students per year at campus recruitment events.

In 2005, Courtney was promoted to become the youngest manager in the history of Hill & Knowlton and was featured in leading industry trade publication PR Week as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Under 30.” In 2006, Courtney was selected as PR Week’s National Young PR Professional of the Year,” one of the highest individual honors in the industry. He was also selected as “Young Professional of the Year” by the Chicago Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2008, he received the “Rising Star Innovator Award” from private equity firm The Taylor Group as one of Chicago’s most innovative entrepreneurs. In 2012 he was recognized as one of “40 Game Changers” by leading financial firm Ariel Investments.

Courtney attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in Journalism and Mass Communication, concentrating on Public Relations. He is also a member of the Chicago and National Association of Black Journalists, the Black Public Relations Society, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Courtney  Hill Chief Executive Officer

Courtney Hill

Chief Executive Officer

Chicago, United States

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