Bob Phillips is the Managing Chair for the C12 Group in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and North Mississippi.
Prior to being called to be the Managing Chair, Bob was a charter member of the C12 Group here in Memphis. Bob is a devoted Christian. His passion is for the lost or those forgotten about. He believes that we are here on earth for a purpose and by trusting in God we can overcome our fears and leverage our strengths to do Gods will.
Bob brings over 25 years of a broad range of business and leadership experience, from various industries including telecommunications, staffing and third party logistics. He most recently served as President and CEO of Versant Supply Chain, an $80M third party logistics provider.
During his nearly 12-year career with Versant, Bob successfully lead the organization through several major change initiatives. Initially, Versant was a family owned business and Bob joined as divisional President to start a new staffing division. This new division quickly became successful and was a key contributor that allowed the founding family to exit the business through a private equity buyout. Through Bobs leadership he rose to be COO of all the Versant companies, and then became CEO. Bob successfully rebranded and repositioned Versant in the market to reflect its broader capabilities and ensure long term success.
Originally from northern California, Bob moved to Memphis in 1993 to manage a region for WorldCom, which is now Verizon. He also held P&L management positions with Olsten and Remedy. Bob has vast experience in improving operational inefficiencies and is experienced in engaging teams and making positive cultural changes for the benefit of the organizations and the people.
Bob has been married to his best friend Laurie since 1990 and they have two wonderful adult children. He has been active in his church, Servants of Christ (SOC) for the past 16 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board for World Shine USA, which primarily exists to develop faithful, active followers and reproducers of Jesus Christ in Uganda. Bob also is part of Kairos Prison Ministry and teaching team at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
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