Strong from top to bottom.
It is said that being a leader means “defining and exhibiting moral and ethical courage and setting an example for everyone in the company”. The Hill Group’s management team certainly personifies that definition, initially led by Founder Toby Hill and now with his son, Chris Hill, who continues The Hill Group legacy.
With nearly 170 years of collective experience in the construction industry, the management team brings experience in every facet of the industry to the table. But what sets the team apart is a culture that encourages creativity and problem solving from all employees.
Our Management Team.
Chris Hill, President & Safety Director
The son of Toby Hill, Chris Hill practically grew up on the construction site, working summers during high school in the field, and in the office during college for The Hill Group. One could say that the construction business was in his blood. Like his father, Chris attended the University of Florida from which he received his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in 2005. He began his professional career also working in project engineering estimating and project management for nearly 10 years for two large commercial construction firms in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. LEED Accredited, Chris distinguished himself while working for The Weitz Company in Ft. Lauderdale by being the first employee to be chosen nationally for the “Better Builder’s Club”, spending six weeks with each trade/subcontractor on a particular project to further enhance his knowledge of each subcontractor’s scope of work. The combined training Chris received during his summer work at The Hill Group, his formal education, training, and responsibilities during his tenure in the commercial construction world allowed for a smooth transition when he joined his father at The Hill Group in 2014. Chris is also philanthropically-minded like his father, being recognized early on in his career for his work for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, being named one of “Ft. Lauderdale’s Finest” in 2009. He has brought his passion for the work of nonprofits back home to the Vero Beach community, as well.
– Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from the University of Florida
– LEED Accredited
– Habitat for Humanity – helped oversee company’s volunteer work for new Habitat Restore building.
– United Way of Indian River County Workplace Partner
– Volunteer for Jackie Robinson Celebration Baseball Games, benefitting United Way.
– Environmental Learning Center
Sharon Arnold, Project Manager, New Construction
Sharon Arnold joined The Hill Group team in September 2021 as Project Manager, but she is not new to the construction industry in Vero Beach. Her local experience in construction spans nearly three decades with several local companies. Sharon started out as a Contract Administrator then moved on to become an Project Manager for two companies, as well as an Office Manager. Throughout her career she has been involved with all phases of a construction project as she has intimate knowledge of project management, cost control/accounting, and scheduling subcontractors. Her detailed approach to her project responsibilities makes for a great leader of the project team. Her considerable experience has led her to this next chapter of her construction career as Project Manager with The Hill Group. A 1988 graduate of Vero Beach High School, Sharon holds a Florida CAM license and is a Florida Notary.
Michael Miller, Project Manager, New Construction
Michael Miller is one of the newest members of The Hill Group’s management team, joined the company in August 2021 as Project Manager. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree (Finance/Strategy) and a Bachelor of Science degree (Construction Management) from Purdue University. Michael brings with him over seven years of residential project management experience. As Project Manager for The Hill Group, Michael is the primary point of contact with project owners, architects, the design team, and the subcontractors, with the goal of refining construction details in order to deliver high quality jobs that exceed all expectations. Prior to joining The Hill Group, Michael worked in varying corporate finance roles with increasing responsibility. He chose to return to his real passion for construction and subsequently joined The Hill Group. He was born and grew up in Southeastern Indiana and has also lived in Michigan and Illinois. Michael has now found a new home in Vero Beach with his wife and three young children.
Jay Krieger, Maintenance Division Manager
Born and raised in Vero Beach, Jay Krieger joined The Hill Group in 2014 as a Project Manager in the Maintenance Division and was promoted to Manager in 2016. A State Certified General Contractor who previously owned and operated his own residential and commercial construction business, Jay began his career in the construction industry in 1997, after serving four years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician/Federal Law Enforcement Officer. In his role, Jay handles home inspections and maintenance needs, from small to large, including renovations. A firm believer in The Hill Group tenant that a quality home deserves quality maintenance to enhance its value, his goal is to consistently provide the best maintenance to Vero Beach’s homeowners. With a team of talented craftsmen who enjoy their work and ten fully-equipped vans, it’s not hard to meet that goal.
– Florida State Certified General Contractor
– Owner, residential & commercial construction business in Indian River County, 1997-2014
– U.S. Coast Guard, 1993-2001, including Reserve time
– Supporter of Military Veteran-related causes
Steven M. Burris, Project Manager, Maintenance Division
Steve Burris has been part of The Hill Group team of professionals since 2000, making him one of the company’s most experienced employees. He began as a Carpenter and moved into the role of Assistant Superintendent in 2002, as Superintendent in 2004, and then transitioned into his current role as Project Manager in the Maintenance Division in 2007. With 35 years in the custom home industry to his credit, Steve is adept at handling new home, renovation and addition projects, as well as emergency repairs and implementing hurricane protection, both valuable skills in our seasonal coastal community. He is also CAD-proficient, which comes in handy when creating the detailed annual maintenance inspection reports for his clients. Steve prides himself on completing his projects on time and under budget, yet never sacrificing the quality that has come to be the cornerstone of The Hill Group.
Jason Focco, Project Manager, Maintenance Division
Jason Focco joined The Hill Group as Project Manager in August, 2020, returning to his hometown from New York City. A 1992 graduate of Vero Beach High School, Jason served in the United States Navy (1992-1996) as CSO Yoeman/PH 3rd Class Logistics/Navigational Charting in support of Operation Desert Storm. He then went on to graduate from the University of Florida in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Jason began his career in the construction industry as a Regional Superintendent in Union, New Jersey, being responsible for complete rehabilitations and remodels of luxury apartments and brownstones in a four-county area. His work on high-end projects continued during his time in New York City working for the Fiocchi Group, where he managed a portfolio of over $15 million in new construction and interior alterations of exclusive high-end residential penthouses. Jason’s ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while being the point of contact to clients, design firms, vendors and subcontractors, keeping them on schedule and on budget, make him a perfect fit for The Hill Group. He especially appreciates returning to Vero Beach with his wife to raise his two daughters and enjoy golfing and surfing.
George Casares, Estimator
The Hill Group’s Estimator, George Casares, joined the team in May 2021. A 2011 graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science in Geography, George brings with him over 10 years of experience coordinating project execution in conformity with drawings and specifications, collaborating with owners/architects/liaisons, project scheduling, purchasing materials, contract administration, budgeting, expediting materials and general construction administration. He began his career in construction as a laborer for his grandfather’s residential construction company and quickly moved up the ranks to Carpenter Foreman. He then held a position with Long Island’s largest General Contractor as an Assistant Superintendent and as a Project Manager. During his tenure there, he oversaw renovation and new construction projects that included multiple stories and site development, with sizes up to 167,00 square feet. After college, George continued his education in construction at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, receiving his Construction Project Management Certificate in 2013, going on to receive his Project Manager Development Certificate at AGC of New York State in 2014, and then his Cost Estimating Certificate from Fordham University in 2020. George’s hands-on experience in the field, paired with his education in construction management/estimating, give him the edge to efficiently forecast and manage project success.
– Bachelor of Science in Geography from State University of New York College at Oneonta
– Construction Project Management Certificate from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate
– Project Manager Development Certificate- AGC of New York State
– Cost Estimating Certificate – Fordham University