Eric Hiller is the Managing Partner of Hiller Associates

NOTE:   Hiller Associates is currently not offering services in these areas.  This website is solely for learning in the areas of product cost management, should-cost, design-to-value, and value engineering / value analysis.

Managing Partner

Managing partner of Hiller Associates, the leading consulting firm specializing in Product Cost Management (PCM), should-cost, design-to-value and software product management.


Eric was the co-founder and founding CEO of two high technology start-ups: aPriori (the world’s premier provider product cost management software) and End Around.


Mr. Hiller holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he earned 2nd Year Honors and won the HBS Business Plan Contest.


From Chicago, IL, Hiller Associates’ Managing Partner; Eric Hiller shares his experience as a consultant and corporate executive. He specializes in operational and process improvements, while also gives insight to software and hardware product management.

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