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OKC Presents Thomas Hill, CEO of Kimray (May 16, 2018)
Petroleum Club
100 N Broadway Ave # 3400
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
United States
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Category: OKC Chapter Events

Sometimes, we have last-minute cancellations.  Contact Susan at 558-1996 to find out if any of those seats are available.
"Recovering Leadership: 
Creating A Healthy, Purposeful, 
and Energizing Workplace Culture"

Presented by
Thomas Hill
CEO of Kimray, Inc.

Advance Reservations Required for All Guests & Members
BONUS:  Book signing of NEW release to immediate follow presentation. 
Cost is $25 per book; make checks payable to Monocle Press.

CPE Recommendation:
Program is recommended for .5 credit in Human Resources and .5 credit in Ethics at the basic level for CPA's responsible for ensuring ethical behavior, either formally or informally, in the workplace. (Total = 1.0 CPE) Emphasis is on cultivating character traits of truthfulness, humility, respect and  self-control.  This is a non-technical learning activity that contributes to the general, professional competence of a CPA. 

It is the responsibility of the individual CPA to make the determination as to relevance to his/her individual practice.  

Non-Member Cost for the Luncheon = $50;
Member costs are priced according to membership level


About the program:


In this session, Thomas Hill will speak about creating an ethical workplace culture where people are respected because of their intrinsic value as a human being. As Thomas shares his own story of success, failure, and recovery, other leaders will be challenged to evaluate their personal beliefs about human dignity and how this translates to corporate culture. Questions include:

  • “Who is benefitting from your leadership—you, or the people you serve?” 
  • “Are you obsessed about and feel the need to control every situation?”
  • “Do you feel a constant need to achieve or win?”

 These are signs of an “addict leader,” which often involves using power, success, and control as a type of “drug,” much the way substance addicts use their drugs. While not as immediately destructive as drug or alcohol abuse, addict leaders exhibit addictive and controlling behaviors that ultimately damage themselves and the people around them. As with all addictions, addict leadership left unchecked will lead to death—including death of relationships and culture.

Thomas Hill was an addict leader who hit rock bottom and had to find a new way to live and work. In his recovery, and in the recovery of the organization he leads, Thomas learned where his real value comes from and how to properly value and care for others.

Thomas’s story is personal, but it is also corporate. Just as people have unmanageable belief systems and lives, organizations often have toxic cultures that suck the life out of their team members. During this session, Thomas will offer practical insight into creating a positive workplace culture where people find meaning and connection in their work and relationships. As a recovering leader, Thomas is committed to this new culture—a new life if you will—that is energizing, healthy, and purposeful.

In recovery, people share their stories to help others in their recovery and to remind themselves of the way things were, what happened, and the way things are now. This is why Thomas shares his story—so that listeners and readers can evaluate their own beliefs and behaviors so they can open a door of recovery for themselves and the people they lead.

About the Presenter:

Thomas Hill III is chief executive officer of Kimray. As the grandson of Kimray’s founder, Garman Kimmell, Thomas grew up around the family business and manages the family-owned company with a sense of stewardship and heritage.

In 1948, Kimray revolutionized pressure regulation in the oil and gas industry by introducing a three-inch pilot-operated back pressure regulator. The company has since grown to be a globally-known manufacturer of a comprehensive line of reliable, smart, and inventive American-made control equipment for safely and efficiently producing oil and gas. Having worked in virtually every department, Thomas has an intimate knowledge of the processes and people involved from start to finish.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University, and he is co-founder of several running events including the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the Redman Triathlon, and the Mother Road 100. In 2018, he authored the book Recovering Leadership: Musings of an Addict Leader which tells the story of his rise to leadership, personal failure, and road to recovery.

Thomas grew up in a high-performing family, which shaped his belief that people are worth what they can accomplish. This sent Thomas on a long and unfulfilling journey of pursuing success by constantly doing bigger and better things. Life eventually spun out of control, and Thomas hit rock bottom. Unfortunately, this meant Kimray hit rock bottom at the same time.

Thomas’s story does not end there. Through significant pain and loss, he began the long and difficult road of recovery that transformed his life and leadership. Today, Thomas enjoys sharing his story with others who can benefit from the lessons he has learned. He is committed to carrying the message Recovering Leadership to other “addict leaders” and practicing these principles in daily life.

Thomas and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1986 and have six children. You can read his “Monday Musings” on life and leadership at

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Contact: OK Ethics Member Care Coordinator, [email protected] com, (405) 558-1996