Hilton joined the NABC staff in the fall of 1992 as a non-paid intern for the 1992-93 college basketball season. Following that intern season, he joined the staff full-time as a marketing assistant to primarily work with the new marketing and sponsorship of the association. Hilton was instrumental with the development of the first NABC Corporate Team sponsorship program including preparation of sponsorship proposals, event planning, and sponsorship fulfillment. He also assisted with the planning and implementation of new NABC events including the NABC Fan Jam (now the NCAA Fan Fest), Issues Summit, Roast & Toast, and Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Challenge.
In 1997, Hilton was promoted to Director of Association Affairs and became the key staff contact for the annual NABC Convention including coordination of the convention schedule, housing, event/meeting planning, and clinics while maintaining a role in sponsorship fulfillment. He also managed non-convention meetings, conference calls, information distribution, and a variety of special projects throughout the year.
In 2014, Hilton was named Senior Director of Association Affairs and also became the key staff contact with the NABC Corporate Team Program. His responsibilities include overseeing sponsor relations and fulfillment as the NABC transitioned into a new marketing partnership with the NCAA and IMG.
Hilton also serves as a resource for many coaches through his work with the convention and as a staff liaison for many NABC groups including the NABC Board of Directors, Congress, and variety of committees.
A 1990 graduate of Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. Prior to Washburn, Hilton graduated from Fort Scott Community College and attended the University of South Carolina-Aiken. He played varsity baseball during college and was named all-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention as a sophomore and all-MIAA & all-District 5 honorable mention as a senior. He was also on the honor roll at FSCC and the Dean’s Honor Roll at USC-Aiken.
Hilton is married to the former Amy Sommers – both of whom graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka, Kansas. He has five children: John, Tommy, & Elizabeth and stepsons Jacob & Austin Martin.