Trevor Hill was born in Venezuela, grew up in rural California, and attended Princeton University, where he majored in East Asian Studies. His thesis dealt with the varying objectives for the United States’ and Japan’s Overseas Development Aid programs. At Princeton, Trevor was player #15 on a 15-person golf team and a reggae deejay working the graveyard shift.
Trevor first came to Japan as a Princeton in Asia summer intern at Matsushita Electric in 1992. While in Osaka, he became a passionate Hanshin Tigers fan.
Upon completion of his degree in 1993, awarded magna cum laude, Trevor moved to Japan on a 1-year contract with the rural Hokkaido town of Shari. After 2 years in Shari, he relocated to Sapporo and worked for the Governor of Hokkaido. The core responsibilities of these positions centered on helping visitors from outside Japan to better access the wonders of Hokkaido, as well as for the local residents to get increased exposure to the rest of the world.
Following his government service, Trevor joined Price Waterhouse Consultants in Tokyo. He worked for 2 years at PWC, attaining the rank of Senior Consultant in the Financial Services group. He worked on projects at banks, brokers, insurance, and technology companies, helping international firms trying to improve their Japanese business, and domestic firms trying to improve their global business.
In 1998, Trevor transitioned from consulting to financial services companies to working for them directly. His first job was with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he spent the bulk of his time on the equity derivatives desk. In 2002, Trevor moved to UBS Warburg Securities where he changed his focus from derivatives to cash products. At the time of his departure he was Managing Director, Global Head of Japanese Equity, Global Head of Portfolio Trading, and a member of the Global Cash Executive Committee.
Trevor has been with SMBC Nikko Securities since April 1, 2014. He is a Senior Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Equity and Co-Global Head of Research. He was the first foreign executive officer at SMBC Nikko.
Outside of work, Trevor spends as much time with his 2 sons as they are willing to spend with him. As a family, they travel extensively, play golf, and are active in the Japanese Boy Scouts. Trevor is on the Board of Directors of Refugees International Japan and in the last year has accepted responsibilities as a US Citizen Warden, a post which the US Embassy makes clear does not make him a representative of the US Government, compensate him, or make him a spokesperson, consular officer, or consular agent. To date, neither of his children is willing to call him Warden, but he continues to hope.