William Hilliard has 30 years in private legal practice specializing in corporate development and compliance. Hilliard served as general counsel and chief development officer for Thomas and King, Inc., a franchisee of Applebees and Johnny Carinos, culminating in the sale of Applebee’s 87 units. Prior to serving as general counsel for Thomas and King, Hilliard was a partner in the Lexington firm Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C. Mr. Hilliard is a farm owner and horse breeder. He is the founder and former president and director of Kentucky Horse Council, Founder and director of the Kentucky Polo Association, He currently serves as a director of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Banker Land Company as well as the managing member of several real estate ventures.