Micarl “Mica” Hill, Industry Professional and Board Member

Micarl “Mica” Hill has been in the hotel industry for 40-plus years. After a fruitful career managing numerous luxury hotels from coast to coast, he is currently the Executive Vice President of Brand Development at Forbes Travel Guide, the authority since 1958 in five-star ratings for hotels, restaurants and spas. Mica is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in hotel, restaurant and travel management, and was honored in 1991 as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Collins College of Hotel Management.

As a board member of Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA), Mica and his fellow board members worked with Best Friends to merge with the APRA adoption center, and on October 1, 2016, it became Best Friends in Atlanta. As a member of the board, a volunteer and an ardent supporter of the shelter, Mica took two years away from his hospitality career to become the Executive Director of APRA, working to improve shelter operations and development until the Best Friends merger was complete and Best Friends rescued this animal shelter.

Mica and his wife of 36 years, Laureen, currently reside in New York City, and as native Californians, also find time to enjoy their favorite retreat in Carmel By-The-Sea, California. They adopted their rescued pet, Scooter, in 2014 and together they enjoy walking, hiking and travel, as well as all that the Big Apple has to offer.