TERRY RAY HILLER
Bellevue, Washington, United States
Home page: http://www.linkedin.com/in/terryhiller
TERRY RAY HILLER has over twenty years writing experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit arenas, where he’s served in administrative capacities ranging from department head and buyer to executive director and board member. His responsibilities have ranged from staff selection and training, customer service, purchasing and inventory control to membership, security, budgeting, strategic planning, marketing and media relations.
Trained as a design analyst, he has created numerous for- and not-for-profit programs, spaces and exhibits.
As an educator, Mr. Hiller has taught both art and museum operations in classroom and seminar settings, and has written extensively about the complicated connection between the profit and nonprofit worlds, and their impact on each other. Among his better-known articles are “Beyond Cyberspace" (MUSEUM STORE, 1995), and the 2001 FUTURIST article, “Coming Changes in Public Arts”, examining the political, technological and administrative challenges facing nonprofit cultural institutions in the 21st century.
He has been a speaker on and presenter to organizations including the Museum Store Association, ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) and the Kaiser-Permanente Management Excellence Symposium. In addition, he has written columns and articles for publications including DISPATCH (Oregon Museum Association Magazine), the YUMA SUN Newspaper, MUSEUM UPDATE (Ohio Museum Association), OMSI Magazine, VOYAGES (Journal of the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center) and CALIFORNIA HISTORY ACTION (California Committee for the Preservation of History).
As Director of the 2100 Collaborative, he has applied his expertise working both as a consultant and as management. He has worked formally and informally with both commercial companies and non-profit museums throughout North America on a wide range of topics, from store design and membership relations to museum marketing, budget development and entrepreneurial ethics, and has worked for both specialty and big box retailers. His particular areas of strategic interest are floor design, understanding customer/audience behaviors and expectations, and developing customer-driven income opportunities.
Within the science fiction community, he is known as the original concept creator of the blockbuster international science education exhibit, “Star Trek: Federation Science,” and, from 1993 through 2005, as the emerging technologies columnist and critic for “Star Trek Communicator Magazine”, the official publication of the first Official Star Trek Fan Club, with over 80,000 members worldwide.
In fifty-five columns, he has explored the real, theoretical and fantastic aspects of advanced technology within the science fiction genre and within the Star Trek Universe, often focusing on the societal pressures that shape them. He has been credited for coining the word, “treknology,” used to describe imaginative, plausible but not necessarily achievable technologies.
On the talk circuit, he’s been a panelist at science fiction gatherings such as WESTERCON ’48, ORYCON, and an honored guest at Horizon and Creation Star Trek conventions. Comfortable with the media, Mr. Hiller has been frequently interviewed for radio, television and print media on subjects ranging from exhibit design and museum operations to extraterrestrial civilizations and consumer behavior.
When not working, Mr. Hiller pursues multiple hobbies. An artist and photographer with works in West Coast private and corporate collections, his interests include music, science fiction, antique books, Egyptian and Oriental art and the works of the late American humorist and mystery critic, Will Cuppy, around whom he is developing a one-man stage play.
Mr. Hiller currently lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife, writer/artist Margie M. Singer.
Interests: Emerging and speculative technologies, video, book, music and product reviews, STAR TREK, science fiction, museum operations, future studies
Published writer: Yes