Phil graduated from ECU in 1985. From there he lived and worked in Vermont, Maryland and a short stint in Tokyo. Finally landing in Durham in 1991 to start a career at Jewelsmith that covers nine Spectrum awards, two Japanese Pearl awards, two American Pearl Design awards, one Gemmy, one Jewelers Manufacturing award and one Platinum International Design award. His hobby is pushing the design envelope in his craft. He enjoys being a father to an amazing young woman and three cats.