SENIOR VP OPERATIONS
Justin Phillips has served in a variety of strategic leadership roles over the course of his career. With over 20 years working in the retail and manufacturing sectors, he brings extensive operations, finance, and leadership experience. Phillips brings a passion for building people, teams, and strong company culture. As a collaborative and team-centric leader, he values helping employees work toward a common goal to achieve lasting results.
Launching his career at Jeld Wen, a Fortune 500 company and globally recognized window and door manufacturer, Justin spent 6+ years and was responsible for optimizing and scaling the quality, production, and talent management practices for warehouse and manufacturing operations. Leveraging his deep operations management skills and experience, he led various retail technology and inventory management initiatives, including the implementation of RFID (what is this an acronym for?) technology for Target’s distribution centers.
Over the past 15 years, Phillips worked for Les Schwab Tire Centers, the third largest independent retailer in the US with over 500 locations and $2B in revenues. In his capacity as the Director of Finance, was responsible for leading various growth strategies, including new market identification, inventory optimization, and product development. Justin further leveraged his operations and business planning experience when he was asked to serve on the internal deal team that led to the highly successful, multi-billion-dollar sale of Les Schwab to private equity firm Meritage. Mr. Phillips was also the internal manager and Trustee for the $750M Les Schwab Retirement Trust.
Justin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Oregon, Charles Lundquist College of Business, and an MBA from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business. Phillips is passionate about non-profit work with an emphasis on children’s safety. He has spent the last 13 years serving in multiple board capacities at the KIDS Center, one of the largest medical model child abuse intervention centers in the State of Oregon.