Leadership Advisory Board

At Phillips & Company, we believe in a model that positions companies as leaders on the issues that matter to customers, partners and investors. As a management consulting firm focused on both business development and strategic communications, we have a unique opportunity to help businesses and organizations lead. Our Growth Advisory Board is not only a resource to our customers, but our members will help us advance this cause and ultimately transform the way businesses grow.

Advisory board members include:

  • Pike Powers

    Director - Business Consulting

    Duff & Phelps

    Powers’ leadership helped turn Austin, Texas into a high-tech center. For the past 30 years, Powers has played an integral role in developing the Austin regional technology economy. Powers advises Austin’s emerging technology leaders and is active in the business community. He was a leader in creating the Texas Technology initiative, established in 2002 to redefine and reinvigorate the collaboration between government, academia and private industry. He was vice-chair of the $200 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund and remains active as chair of the Energy Initiatives Committee of Innovate Texas, a state wide non-profit aimed at encouraging new companies to apply to the emerging Technology Fund for start-up funds.

  • Dr. Jayant Ramakrishnan

    Chief Operating Officer

    Bastion Technologies

    Dr. Jayant Ramakrishnan is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bastion Technologies, Inc. in Houston, Texas. He leads Bastion in operations, business development, and implementation of strategic growth. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and brings technical insight, operational effectiveness, and a strong business acumen. Prior to his position at Bastion he was Vice President of Business Development for ARES Corporation’s Aerospace and Defense Division, and heading up strategic pursuit, capture and teaming on major federal opportunities. Dr. Ramakrishnan brings technical insight as well as strong business acumen to the advisory board. He has managed several NASA projects including Return-to-Flight Statistical Analysis and work on the Hubble Space Telescope contract. He is a board member of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), and has published more than 25 papers in conferences and journals and has refereed texts and has served as a reviewer for technical journals, and international conferences.

  • Sandy Dochen

    Manager, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs


    Sandy Dochen serves as Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM, responsible for a variety of innovative technology applications that serve communities and IBMers in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He manages such IBM initiatives as the Smarter Cities Challenge, World Community Grid, Corporate Service Corps, Reading Companion, Traducelo Ahora and On Demand Community.

    A native of Austin, Dochen serves on several state and regional boards. He is an executive committee member of the Texas Business & Education Coalition, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and the Austin Area Research Organization. Dochen is also on the Advisory Board of KUT FM, Advisory Committee of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (UT Austin) and Leadership Circle of Communities In Schools of Central Texas. He was a founder of the Texas Early Childhood and Education Coalition and has chaired Workforce Solutions, Austin Partners in Education and the Jewish Federation of Austin.

    Before joining IBM in 1999, Dochen was Vice President of Governmental Relations and Education at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. He also served in public and community relations roles at two high-tech companies. Dochen was on the staff of the late U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle, both as Legislative and Press Assistant in the Washington office and as District Administrator serving the 10th Congressional District. Previously, he was news director at KLBJRadio in Austin. Dochen earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from UT-Austin.

  • John Volkmann



    John’s career in high-tech marketing spans 25 years, spent between the Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas.
    In early 2012, John founded SeriesC with Silicon Valley icon Andy Cunningham. SeriesC was designed to serve the unique needs of tech companies in need of marketing leadership at an inflection point in their growth. Since then, he has consulted to a number of start-ups and turnarounds including Hobnob, Net Power and Light, SoFi, and Avaya.

    Prior to forming SeriesC, John served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), where he led the company in building a global footprint in the enterprise and across all PC and server channels. Reporting to the CEO, Volkmann oversaw all corporate marketing activity including advertising, marketing communication, public relations, social media and sponsorships. In 2009, Volkmann was named AMD’s first Corporate Marketing Fellow for his contributions to the marketing discipline there.

    Prior to AMD, John spent over a decade at Cunningham Communication (now Citigate Cunningham), the agency Andy Cunningham founded in 1985 that today remains the largest high-tech public relations firm in Silicon Valley. There he led the company’s branding and positioning practice, eventually launching the Brand Momentum Group around their innovative Momentum Management methodology – whose core principles he co-invented with Ron Ricci. The two are co-authors of the book Momentum: How Companies Become Unstoppable Market Forces, published in 2002 by the Harvard Business School Press.

    John has a BSME from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.