Startup Grind with U.S. Congressman French Hill

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This event will take place in early 2019. Check our Facebook page ( and website ( for updates on the event date.

Join the Conductor for U.S. Congressman French Hill, the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's Second District.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Congressman Hill's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.


5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Congressman Hill

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About French Hill:

A ninth generation Arkansan, French Hill has served central Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 3, 2015. He is the Majority Whip on the Committee on Financial Services.
For the two decades prior to his congressional service, Mr. Hill was actively engaged in the Arkansas business community as a commercial banker and investment manager, including as founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp.
Prior to his community banking work in Arkansas, Mr. Hill served as a senior official in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1989 until 1991, Mr. Hill served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance, where one of his key assignments was representing the United States as
a negotiator in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII).
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Hill led the design of U.S. technical assistance to the emerging economies of eastern and central Europe in the areas of banking and securities. In 1991, at the age of 34, President Bush appointed Mr. Hill to be Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council (EPC), where he
coordinated all White House economic policy. Prior to his Executive Branch Service, from 1982 until 1984, Mr. Hill served on the staff of then-U.S. Senator John Tower (R-TX) as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hill has been active in civic affairs. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and served as the 2013 chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He has received numerous awards and recognition for his long-time support of the Boy Scouts of America, the arts and humanities, tourism, and historic preservation in Arkansas.
Mr. Hill is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
He is married to the former Martha McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and they have a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill, and a son, William Payne Hill. The Hill family resides in Little Rock.

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