Faces of AOS: Doug Phillips Bio

Doug & Liza Phillips at the Great Pyramid

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• My position with AOS:
Audit Committee Chair

• My current full-time title and institution:
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and
Retired President and CEO of a very large institutional investment manager
(asset management for corporations, endowments, and foundations).

• My current career stage:

• My lineage of mentors/labs:
I became involved in birding through my older brother who was an avid outdoorsman; and we passed it on to my daughter who read Peterson cover-to-cover at a very early age – she received her Ph.D. from Cornell and is now a college professor, passing it on to many others through education and research on birding issues such as “Stopover Ecology”.

• #badlyexplainyourjob:
Many in AOS count birds; but I count money and strive to help AOS maintain a strong financial position which enables AOS to work toward it’s goals and mission in ornithology and environmental stewardship.

• My favorite bird and why:
Hard to pick a favorite out of all the wonderful characters in the avian world; but I’d say Black Skimmer (what a cool look skimming along right on top of the ocean with that long mandible and profile).

• I am involved with AOS because:
To help maintain a very strong AOS; and thus enable AOS to further advance bird study and the widespread knowledge of the critical importance of environmental education and protection.

• The best part about being a member of AOS is:
Seeing and hearing about involvement in birding and concern for the environment of younger students and birders.

• Birds are important to me because:
The beauty of bird sight and sound is a constant reminder of the wonders of our world.

• Advice I have to offer a student (master’s level or younger) in ornithology:
Everyone should strive to make a reasonable living; but the happiest people have a real passion for what they do – so strive to keep your life in perspective and not fret about others – you may not become rich in material goods; but you are doing what you love and will be rich in happiness and every-day life.

• One ornithology question or problem I would like to solve or see solved:
I hope to see the power of the masses of birders and those concerned for the environment be transferred into real on-going political clout; and thus much greater progress on conservation and environmental protection.

• Fun random fact about myself:
I have played bad golf at more wonderful courses than anyone I know.

• Something else birdy I’d like to share:
AOS is a progressive and caring institution that makes a difference; so get involved in AOS!