Thomas L. Phillips, Director Emeritus
In January of 1974, Thomas L. Phillips launched Phillips International, Inc. with two newsletters, three employees and a $1,000 investment.
From that entrepreneurial start-up, the company grew into one of the foremost print and on-line publishing firms in America with four subsidiaries and sales of more than $245 million. The firm produced widely respected newsletters and on-line information services for the consumer and business-to-business marketplaces. Tom sold the final Phillips International subsidiary in January of 2007.
Tom is founder and chairman of Eagle Publishing, Inc., America’s leading source of books and periodicals with a conservative, free-enterprise focus. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Eagle Publishing provides a full range of products and services with perspective and solutions favoring traditional values of free markets, limited government, and individual freedom.
Tom earned a B.A. in political science from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in journalism from The American University. He then held positions with two large national advertising agencies and a Washington, D.C., publishing firm.
Tom was a founding member of the Newsletter Publishers Association and served as president of the Association. In 989, he was honored as NPA “Publisher of the Year.” In 1994, he was elected as the first member of the Newsletter Publishers Hall of Fame.
Tom is founder of The Phillips Foundation, a non-profit organization which sponsors two noteworthy programs: an annual fellowship program for young print journalists who work on a one-year writing project of their choosing,focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society; and the Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program which provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduate student leaders in the cause of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles.
In addition to Tom’s service on the Board of Directors of Young America’s Foundation, he chairs the Board of Governors of the National Journalism Center and is also a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The Claremont Institute. Tom was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for American Studies and chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Institute on Political Journalism. He served for many years on the Board of Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area and on the Board of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council.