Hilton is the President and CEO of East Bay Co., LTD, and President and CEO of various real estate development and home building companies in Maryland, West Virginia, and South Carolina. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Finance and began his career at the World Bank in international finance. Hilton joined his father-in-law, William Murray, at East Bay Company in the late 1970s and has been President since 1998.
Hilton serves on the boards of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust, Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation, and Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. He previously chaired the South Carolina Aquarium board and is Chairman Emeritus. He also served on the Board of the EastWest Institute.
Hilton is past chair of the College of Charleston Foundation Board and is chair of the School of Languages, Cultures & World Affairs Advisory Board. He was also a member of the Boundless Campaign Steering Committee.
Hilton and his wife, Catherine, helped establish the School of Languages, Cultures & World Affairs in 2004, with a lead gift from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust. They have continued to advocate for the College, and most notably LCWA, in securing significant funding from the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust and the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust.
Hilton received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of Charleston in 2017.
The couple has two sons and three granddaughters and reside in Charleston, SC.