Tom Hill is the chairman of the board of Kimray, Inc., a manufacturer of oilfield equipment and controls. He began his career at Kimray in 1971 after seven years in the United States Marine Corps, including a tour in Viet Nam. Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University, he received the St. Pat's Award, the highest honorary recognition in the College of Engineering, and the Outstanding Electrical Engineer Award. He is the founder and chairman of Character First!-a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing materials and training for families, schools, businesses, and other organizations interested in building good character. He is a regularly invited speaker on character and ethics in business.