Garet Hil - Founder & Director
While leading the National Kidney Registry, Garet Hil donated his kidney through the National Kidney Registry’s Voucher Program to kick-off an eight-deep chain and provide a voucher for his daughter to be prioritized for a living donor kidney should she ever need a second transplant.
It was his kidney donation experience that inspired Mr. Hil to start the Donor Care Network to advance living kidney donation in the United States.
In a 2016 general population survey, 80% of the respondents indicated that they agree with the statement, “I worry that donating a kidney would negatively affect my health”. To directly address this pervasive concern, Mr. Hil decided, after donating his kidney at age 52, to surpass his pre-donation personal best in both strength (powerlifting) and endurance (triathlon racing).
Two years after his kidney donation, he surpassed his pre-donation combined powerlifting single rep max of 825 pounds by setting a post-donation personal record of 1000 (DL 380 SQ 315 BP 305) pounds. Four years after his kidney donation, he surpassed his pre-donation Sprint Triathlon time by three seconds. In the Donor Games Open 21.2, held in April 2021, he set a new personal record with a 510-pound 3-rep max trap bar deadlift. Note to athletes—there is no formal research on this topic but it seems to take six to 12 months before maximum training capacity can be sustained, so be patient as you ramp up your training after surgery.
Mr. Hil has 30 years of business experience, including serving as Chief Executive Officer for both public and private companies. In addition to leading the National Kidney Registry, he is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Hil & Company LLC, a software development and data processing firm.
Prior to founding the National Kidney Registry, Mr. Hil held leadership positions in companies from a variety of industries including securities processing, technology, logistics, digital printing, fulfillment, steel distribution and textile manufacturing. He has successfully led five startups, three turnarounds, four acquisitions and two divestitures including the successful $1.1 billion sale of the company he started and led for 11 years.
Mr. Hil earned his B.S. cum laude from the University of Montana in three years and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He has authored many medical research papers and a book to help patients find donors. Mr. Hil personally organized the largest kidney swap in the world, which included 70 participants across 26 hospitals and was named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business.
His work in transplantation was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times and has been profiled in numerous national television programs including CBS Evening News, ABC World News & Nightline.
Mr. Hil served in the USMC, completing Navy Combat Dive School and Army Airborne training while serving in a Recon unit prior to his honorable discharge in 1985. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and youngest daughter.