Anniversary Story

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Co-Presidents Brett Hitt and Jim Millar

There’s been a succession of strong leaders guiding HITT over the last 80 years. It started with Warren and Myrtle Hitt; their son Russell succeeded them, taking the reins in 1978.

Today, Russell’s son Brett and son-in-law Jim Millar share ownership and oversight of the company. As Co-Presidents, Brett and Jim have led the company through continued growth and national expansion since taking over in 2005.

Jim came on board in 1981; three years later, Brett joined the family business. They both worked hard, putting in a lot of sweat equity as they rose through the ranks. While they took similar paths to leadership, their talents and interest led them to different specialties in terms of company management.

Jim, an affable and gregarious extrovert, is a natural at building relationships.

“He has an uncanny way of reading and connecting with people,” said Senior Vice President John Kane.

A true people-person, he plays a key role in defining our company culture while sharing oversight of executive, financial, and corporate resources company-wide.

In contrast, Brett tends to be more introverted, focused intently on strategy and operations.

“Brett is always thinking,” said Kane, who has worked with the pair since he was hired in 1988. “He’s analyzing risk and calculating costs at all times.”

While their expertise differs, their passion does not. Both men are wholeheartedly dedicated to the company and to instilling the same drive in their team members.

“I’ve learned quite a lot from them both,” Kane continued. “Those lessons have served me well. From Brett, gratitude for the work I have and a warning to never make the same mistake twice; from Jim, to make people feel welcome and valued. The company wouldn’t be what it is today without their direction.”

They’re two sides of the same coin, providing a yin-and-yang dynamic that has served the company quite well during their 12 years of leadership.