Justin Gill, Chief Operating Officer

Justin Gill, Chief Operating Officer


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor of Science in Marketing


I’ve been here since 2002. It’s incredible how far we’ve come since then, and how much change has occurred, inside and outside the company. As COO, my job today is make sure we #wintomorrow—generate good ideas, turn good ideas into smart plans, and turn smart plans into outstanding results. Thruline has a 30-year track record of doing just that, but honestly, we’re just getting started.


What does Thruline mean to you?
Thruline is an opportunity for all of us to make a mark; in a very big way, every day.


What do you like best about Thruline?
It’s always been the people and always will be the people.


What is it about higher education marketing that excites you?
Without a doubt, what’s most exciting is the challenge of connecting with people/consumers in efficient, beneficial ways.


How do you believe education changes lives?
It’s all about the career. Career-enablement is what we are passionate about. We help students, schools and employers win together.


What’s the most fun you have had at work?
The first 10 minutes of almost every meeting, shooting the sh*t, laughing with friends.


What do you love about Kansas City?
I love the Royals. I love Boulevard. I love Q39. I love working for an awesome company with an amazing crew that’s here for the long-term.


What do you do in your downtime?
Family stuff, food, sports, Twitter. Not always in that order.


Fun Facts

  • Favorite book
    A Short History of Nearly Everything.
  • Cat or dog?
    Dog, duh.
  • Ice cream or potato chips?
    Chips. Because, beer.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek?
    Harry Potter! Star Wars is the most overrated *thing* since…the Hindenburg? Come at me, bro.
  • Real Housewives or Game of Thrones?
    RH all day every day. Also, I submit that Vicki Gunvalson from OC is the worst human on either show.
  • Country or rock-n-roll? 
    90’s rap and EDM for dads.
  • Favorite quote
    Get better every day.