Prior to serving in politics and serving three years on the City of Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission, Skip spent several decades working in various capacities in the Hospitality and Real Estate Industries. For three years, he was the Vice President of a new home builder and prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of a hospitality company based in Japan for 10 years. Most of his professional career was spent opening and operating several restaurants and hotels along the west coast.
Councilman Hall was elected to the City Council in an April 2008 special election in District 6 (Palo Verde) and re-elected to office in 2009 to a full term. Redistricting placed him in the newly-configured District 5, and on August 27, 2013, he was elected to the District 5 seat. He was sworn in on January 1, 2014 to a four-year term and elected Vice Mayor by the City Council on January 14, 2014. He also previously served as Vice Mayor in 2011.
He has been part of the united Council effort that helped pull Surprise back to fiscal health over the last several years, generating a budget surplus and placing the City’s fiscal house in order. Councilman Hall also played a proactive supporting role with initiating a Surprise youth component and co-sponsors the Surprise Literacy Challenge annually.
His goals for the city include a 100-year water plan, working with transportation partners to expand east-west connections, developing a local circulator, expanding youth involvement in the community, increasing local veteran outreach and services and attracting new businesses to Surprise.
He has served on the Mayor’s Business Roundtable Committee, the Form Based Code Sub-Committee, the Boards & Commissions Committee, WESTMARC’s Water & Energy Committee and he chaired the Water Planning Sub-Committee. He currently serves as the chair of the Performance Evaluation Leaders and he is a Board Member on the Valley Metro RPTA.
Councilman Hall is active with the City’s Tourism Commission and in promoting the City to local, regional and national organizations. Furthermore, he is active with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and the AZ TechCelerator to promote business growth. He serves on the MIKID Board of Directors, the Surprise Rotary Club and the Surprise Fraternal Order of Eagles. In addition, Councilman Hall is a member of the STEM Community of Practice with representatives of the Dysart Unified School District and the West Valley Veterans Success Project (VCP) Advisory Committee with several other State and local elected officials. He has also regularly volunteered his time with Radiant Church.
He grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University. Skip is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding service 1969-1970.