Bill Hillsman

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Bill Hillsman
Born William Gerard Hillsman, Jr.
(1953-14-08) February 8, 1953 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
Residence Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality American
Occupation Political Consultant and Advertising Executive
Website
Bill Hillsman [1]
North Woods Advertising [2]

William Gerard Hillsman, Jr. (born August 14, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American political consultant and advertising executive. He works and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A graduate of Carleton College, Hillsman worked for various ad agencies until founding his own, North Woods Advertising, in 1985.[1]

In 1993, Hillsman handled Sharon Sayles Belton's successful campaign to become mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2]

In the Spring 2002 semester, Hillsman was Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.[3]

In 2004, Hillsman authored Run The Other Way: Fixing the Two-Party System, One Campaign at a Time, which was published by Simon & Schuster.

He has been profiled on Adweek,[1] The Christian Science Monitor[4] and Slate.[5]

Hillsman was arrested on October 29, 2013 for allegedly engaging in prostitution. Hillsman was one of 19 suspects arrested by Mounds View police during a prostitution sting at a hotel in the east metro suburb. According to the Minneapolis StarTribune, "Mounds View police, working with St. Paul police, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, posted an ad on the website backpage.com, which is known for its prostitution and sex-trafficking ads. The suspects (including Hillsman) met with an undercover officer at a hotel…and were arrested after certain elements were met, including an exchange of money."[6]

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