John Hill’s interest in real estate began at an early age as his family owned and managed multifamily properties in Dallas, Texas. After an finishing an undergraduate degree in economics from Baylor University and a masters in economics from Texas Christian University, John enrolled in The University of Tennessee where he completed a Ph.D. in economics. He refined his interest in real estate during this period, specializing and researching in the area of urban and regional economics, complemented by field work in public finance.  He begin as a real estate agent in 2013 and earned his broker's license in the spring of 2017. 

Currently, John is a Professor of Economics at Hardin-Simmons University and owns four, multifamily properties in Abilene that are managed by Barnett & Hill. He appreciates the connection that exists between his academic life and business life, recognizing that his contribution to the classroom benefits from the practicality of owning real estate and a management company.

Outside work, John has served his community as an Abilene city councilman and, currently, is a trustee at the University of the South at Sewanee.  Additionally, he volunteers at Breakfast on Beech Street, and is an usher at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest.  He is a member of the Abilene Industrial Foundation board of directors. His wife Molly is a native Abilenian and he is father to two girls. He can be contacted via email, text or by calling 325.721.4428.