Mr. Phillips is the Chairman and CEO of Covenant Ventures. He serves as a Member of the American Council on Competitiveness, the U.S. Technology Leadership Council and the U.S. Manufacturing Competitive Initiative Steering Committee.
Throughout his business career, Jim has founded and co-founded many successful corporations and earning prominent leadership positions with Motorola, SkyTel, iPix, Telular, and The FedEx Institute of Technology, while inventing and introducing many products used by millions worldwide.
He is internationally credited with being very instrumental in launching instant messaging, the PDA, the Cable Modem, PCS, Fixed Cellular, Time Magazine’s Medical Invention of the Year- the VeinViewer, and iPix, at the time, the internet's largest internet imaging web-based system that pioneered immersive imaging, telepresence, virtual tours, advanced security imaging and developed the eBay imaging commerce system.
Mr. Phillips recently served as the Chairman and CEO of NanoMech, Inc., the nano-engineering leader providing revolutionary nanoscale innovations in machining and frictionless lubrication, advanced coatings, specialty chemicals, energy efficiency and performance, and strategic military applications. His innovative contributions and business leadership have been chronicled in many national publications including Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, The Standard, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He has made numerous appearances on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the BBC, and CBS Morning News.
Jim holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Memphis, graduating with academic honors, and attended Jet Fighter training in the USAF earning distinguished military graduate and aerospace awards. Jim and Barbara Phillips (his wife of 42 years) have three sons and reside in Arkansas and Tennessee.