Phil, originally hailing from Louisiana but having moved to the San Francisco Bay Area at a young age, embarked on a journey that led to a thriving career in the hospitality industry and a loving, 34-year partnership with his wife, whom he met during their enrollment in the Hotel & Restaurant Management Program at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. After graduating from the program, Phil honed his culinary skills at a bed and breakfast inn, marking the beginning of his adventure in the industry.
His passion for hospitality evolved over the years as he took on various roles in the restaurant sector, transitioning from the kitchen to the front desk and eventually excelling in accounting at a Hilton property. Phil mastered diverse facets of hotel operations, from banquets to night audit, food and beverage control to director of finance, and the role of Assistant General Manager.
Seeking new horizons, Phil relocated to Southern California while working for Windsor Hospitality, where he served as a regional controller for an impressive 11-year tenure. Subsequently, his journey led him to Seattle, where he briefly contributed his financial expertise at Tully’s Coffee Headquarters before returning to his true passion – hotel operations – at the Heathman Hotel Kirkland. Eventually, Phil found a home at Coastal Hotels as a Corporate Controller before becoming an integral part of Columbia Hospitality, where he has dedicated the last seven years to furthering the company’s success.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Phil’s love for travel has taken him to Germany and Vancouver, Canada. Phil once indulged in the thrill of paintball, fostering teamwork and outdoor adventures. Nowadays, Phil dedicates his spring and summer months to youth baseball as a devoted board member and umpire for his local little league, considering it his personal stress-reliever.
Off the field, Phil cherishes moments with his family, exploring new destinations, attending Seattle Mariners games, and cooking. He’s known for his generous spirit, often sharing extra food with neighbors, friends, and family simply because it brings him joy.