Gutsy Gals is pleased to announce that the Palm Beach International Film Festival will present Eva Hill, President and CEO of Britannia Pacific Properties, with the Gutsy Gal Award on November 1, 2014. The Award will be presented at the Film Festival's Gala Celebration in Palm Beach, to be held at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
Britannia Pacific, the U.S. real estate investment arm of the Lewis Trust Group that is headquartered in London, owns the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. "The Eau", which has been owned by Britannia for more than 10 years, was removed from the previous hotel chain in order to elevate it to "a high integrity, world class property" says Hill. Under Hill's leadership, the hotel is now recognized as a AAA Five-Diamond Award Property and part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.
Its hard to imagine that an executive for an international investment firm would have time for more than keeping her eye firmly fixed on the corporate bottom line. But Hill's energy level is "boundless" she admits, especially when it comes to turning her attention to humanitarian and charitable work. Calling on her natural leadership skills and considerable network of relationships, she works to help improve the lives of families and children in crisis. Hill helped create the charitable event "Artists for Others", the proceeds of which benefit victims of sex trafficking. She has provided funding for, and personally participated in, missionary trips to Mexico to build homes for residents in poverty stricken areas. She has been involved with WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) and Sophia’s Heart (a homeless shelter for families) and supports the Habitat for Humanity in Palm Beach. In an inspired use of resources, Hill was able to largely furnish many of these Habitat for Humanity homes with items no longer in use at "The Eau" -- where she was simultaneously directing significant upgrades to the resort.
More recently, Ms. Hill helped pioneer the effort to bring the International Film Festival to Palm Beach. Through her support, and the support of The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, The Film Festival is able to attract to Palm Beach a wide array of films, and an international cast of actors, directors, writers and producers. Randi Emerman, president of The Palm Beach International Film Festival, comments "Eva has incredible business smarts, of course, but she also has this amazing spirit of kindness and generosity. She is a terrific friend." The Gala Event in November, as well as the Festival which takes place in late March, are two of the social and cultural highlights of the Palm Beach season.
Ms. Hill graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Southwest Texas State University and began her career, and remains licensed today, as a Certified Public Accountant. She is also a Certified Global Management Accountant.