Phil Hardwick is owner of Hardwick & Associates LLC, a team that helps people and organizations reach their potential through strategic planning/goal setting, team building, personal coaching and accountability. He is also Instructor of Management at Millsaps College and a regular Mississippi Business Journal columnist. He has taught over 1,000 students, written over 600 columns for the Mississippi Journal, written 11 books and assisted over 100 communities and organizations with strategic planning.
His previous positions include Coordinator of Capacity Development at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University, Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Mississippi Valley Gas Company (now Atmos Energy), Director of Economic Development for the City of Jackson, Mississippi and Executive Director of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
He is a Past-President of the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (currently a Board member), the Mississippi Main Street Association, the Mississippi Economic Development Council and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
He received his undergraduate degree from Belhaven College and his MBA from Millsaps College. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State & Local Government executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. During his military service he was Security Team Leader for Army One, the Presidential helicopter.
In his spare time he is a prolific writer. (See Mississippi Mysteries Series link above.) He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.