Earl N. Phillips Jr.
Earl N. Phillips, Jr. was sworn in on February 28, 2002 as the United States Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean serving the seven island nations of Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada.
Born in High Point, North Carolina, Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Business School. In 1972, he co-founded and was President and Chief Executive Officer of First Factors Corporation, a financial services company, which was acquired by GE Capital in 1998. He also was a partner in Showplace, Hamilton Properties, and Phillips Interests, all real estate development and management companies specializing in home furnishing showrooms and offices. Mr. Phillips served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as a member of the University of North Carolina Endowment Board for sixteen years. He was appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly to a four-year term on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors overseeing the sixteen campuses of the University of North Carolina system and also served four years as a Trustee of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. In 1999-2000, he served as Chairman of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, the State Chamber of Commerce known as ýthe voice of business in North Carolina,ý and was Co-Chair of North Carolinians for Educational Opportunity 2000.
Other business and service related positions include: North Carolina Economic Development Board, 1984-1992; National Advisory Council, US Small Business Administration, Washington, DC, 1990-1992; Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) Airport Authority, 1992-1997; Director of First Union National Bank of North Carolina (now Wachovia) Board, 1988-1998. He received the Global Leadership Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNC-Chapel Hill, 2002. He has two children and two grandchildren.