Laguna Beach Business Club presents Tommy Phillips as guest speaker on Thursday

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to present Tommy Phillips, president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, as the guest speaker at its meeting on Thursday, Jan 16. Mr. Phillips will speak about the upcoming 2020 Laguna Beach Music Festival.

The LBBC holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month at 7:30 a.m. and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

In a career spanning more than 15 years, Tommy Phillips is known for his innovative programming ideas, reliability, and trust within the classical music industry, and for his capacity for creative ingenuity. 

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Tommy Phillips to speak at LBBC meeting on Thursday

Holding artistic positions and programming consultancies at orchestras across the country, Phillips has guided music directors and helped build strong foundations and connections for institutions including the San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Mainly Mozart Festival, among others. 

Following his passion for cultural exchange and musical ambassadorship, Phillips is also the co-founder of Black Cats Production Company, an international touring and performing arts organization bringing performing ensembles to China and Chinese ensembles to the U.S. His extensive list of clients includes violinist Joshua Bell, the Shanghai Quartet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and France’s Malandain Ballet Biarritz.

During his eight years with the San Diego Symphony, most recently as Director of Artistic Planning, Phillips oversaw the strategy and implementation for all artistic programs, festivals, recording sessions, commissioning projects, and national and international tours. He also developed and produced large-scale multimedia concerts (including the first ever Live-to-Film world premiere of a major motion picture with live orchestra), and built key relationships with major brands such as Disney, Paramount, and Comic-Con.

Raised in San Diego, Phillips attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance (trombone), and went on to pursue graduate studies in Trombone Performance and Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory.

Phillips is married to Julie Smith Phillips, Principal Harpist for the San Diego Symphony. They have two young children, Samantha and Henry.

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs that meets monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities, and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. The group’s goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that its members are proud to recommend to clients and friends. 

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Seven7Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.

Non-members are welcome. The non-member guest fee is $30, payable in cash or check (payable to the Laguna Beach Business Club) the day of the meeting. 

For more information about the LBBC or to register to attend a meeting, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact member Pamela Knudsen at (949) 285-3730.