Micarl “Mica” Hill, industry professional & board member

Micarl “Mica” Hill has been in the hotel industry for 40-years and currently is a senior vice president, Brand Development at Forbes Travel Guide, the authority in five-star rating for hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958 in the hospitality industry and originator of the five star rating system. 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 APRA adoption center, and on October 1, 2016 it became Best Friends in Atlanta. As a member of the board, volunteer and 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.

Mica and his wife of 33-years, Laureen, currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and as native Californians, also find time to enjoy their favorite retreat in Carmel By-The-Sea, California. They adopted their rescue Scooter in 2014 and together they enjoy walking, hiking and road trips.