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Rich Phillips, president of Phillips & Company, a global communications firm that helps clients create, defend and sustain leadership positions through public relations and market development, has been named a finalist in the Executive Leadership category of the 2013 Greater Austin Business Awards. The Greater Austin Business Awards is a competition organized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce to honor excellence in business in the Greater Austin region.
Rich was nominated for his role in leading the firm in business development, strategic planning and business consulting. Over the past two months, he provided the strategy behind key new additions to the company. In May, Phillips & Company expanded their product and service offering, launching LEAD, a new ecosystem optimization model designed to help clients create sustainable growth. In June, the company acquired two Austin, Texas-based firms, expanding new business opportunities for its PR and market development services while expanding capabilities in social and digital media. Rich excels at getting Phillips & Company team members invested in not only the firm’s growth, but also in putting the company’s clients in leadership positions.
He has guided Phillips & Company to a new level of growth, achievement and recognition over the company’s 10 years in business. Phillips & Company launched its space practice in 2008 and, within only five years, became the number one communications firm in the country for the space industry. Under Rich’s leadership, Phillips planned and executed the “Get Curious” campaign, between June 2012 and August 2012, which increased awareness for the landing of Curiosity, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, on Mars. The campaign won the company several awards including PR Daily’s Media Relations Award and the Association for Women in Communications’ Clarion Award.
Rich has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council in Austin and served as a leader for his son’s troop. He continues to have a close tie to the BSA Capitol Area Council and provide strategic counsel. He is a graduate of Leadership Austin 1987. He serves as an advisor on homeland security for the State of Texas and serves as a board member at Explore Mars, a national advocacy organization for human space exploration and STEM education.
Category award winners for the 2013 Greater Austin Business Awards will be announced at a dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Hilton Austin.