George J. Phillips was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from LaVerne University, and a Master of Science Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Additionally, Mr. Phillips completed professional education studies include: Communicating in a Hostile Environment, MIT/Harvard University, 1996; Crisis Communication Course, Columbia University, 1996; Environmental Regulation Course, 1993; Defense Systems Management Course (Program Management), 1991 and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course, 1980.
Mr. Phillips spent over 30 years in service to the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man, officer, and in civil service and is a retired Marine Corps officer. Starting out in the infantry and serving in Vietnam he moved on to positions of increased responsibility including a tour as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Platoon Commander, G-3 operations Staff NCO, Fleet Marine Force Pacific Ammunition Officer and ended his career as the Manger for Ammunition for the Marine Corps. In his career he became an expert in the DoD requirements, procurement and budget processes as well as the business practices of the Department related to the Life Cycle Management of DoD programs and products. Mr. Phillips served on various Joint Boards and Committees including the Joint Ordnance Commander's Executive Committee and the Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board.
After leaving the Marine Corps in February 1997, George Phillips established his own company, George Phillips Associates, Inc to support the companies doing business with the Department of Defense. He provided his clients with strategic/business planning, implementation strategies, program management, customer relations' management and business development. Later in 1997 he met the ADI founders and became a member of the ADI Board of Advisors and has worked closely with ADI for ten years.
Mr. Phillips and his wife Cathy live in Aldie, Virginia, have three children; Christine, Deirdre and Matthew and seven grandchildren.