20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

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Barron Hilton, 26

President/owner, Global Net Designs

When Barron Hilton was in eighth grade, an instant message from a friend urging him to check out his website set him on his career path. By the end of summer, Barron had learned to program his own sites. By the time he graduated high school, he was pulling down an adult’s full-time salary designing sites. Eight years later, his Global Net Designs is planning a move to a 6,000-square-foot facility in south Springfield, and designing for clients like Morelock-Ross Builders, Liberty Bank and more. With an eye toward Web 2.0, including smartphone apps and web-based software, Hilton and Global Net Designs are local leaders in this always-developing industry.—M.L.

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Q&A: Get to know Barron Hilton

How do you get your news?
“Throughout the day from CNN headlines, and then from the world news at 5 p.m. Katie Couric delivers my news.”

What’s one website you check daily?
“Honestly, I visit a lot of clients’ websites and talk with them about what’s going on.”

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“I probably didn’t have anything at 5. I think probably my first dream was to be an Olympic runner. Running and biking are a big part of my life.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“In 10 years time, I see us in probably 10-15 new markets, with a regional and possibly national presence. 10 years is a long time.”

If you had to choose any other profession, what would it be?
“… A philanthropist. I’d go to Africa and start some non-profits to help people. A lot of people love to say that, but I have some concepts for businesses that can help those people out. I’d like to get involved in the Bill Gates Foundation and travel the world.”

How do you define success?
“Success in business, success in friendships and success in personal life, and spirituality as well … I would [decide] where I’m at and where I want to be on those things, and use that as my too for measuring success.”

Why do you like what you do?
“I love working with people and helping them solve problems. It is fulfilling for me to go to work every day and help anther company or person solve a problem, or start something new.”

A perfect day at work is… ?
“Sunshine and 75 degrees.”

Three words that describe your job are… ?
"Fun, innovative, fast."

What’s the biggest workplace prank you’ve ever taken part in?
“I’m in the same building as two brothers, and we’re usually joking around. But as far as a specific prank goes, I can’t remember.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“To be able to look at where we’re at and decide if that is in line with where we want to go … being able to look at myself and face the hard truth when times are good or bad and make adjustments as we need.”

What is your ideal vacation?
“I would say it would be going on a cruise to Europe, to see Spain and France and Italy. I haven’t done that, but I would like to.

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