Name: Philip Edward Campbell
Residence: Round Rock, Texas
Profession: I am an accountant (CPA). My career has been in public accounting (CPA firms), Chief Financial Officer roles, and accounting and financial consulting.
Do you have any websites (twitter pages, or other links, etc.) or anything else you want to promote that we can mention?
Blog for business owners: http://campbellphilip.typepad.com/blog/
Blog about student loans: http://freedomfromstudentloans.com/
Web site: www.neverrunoutofcash.com
LinkedIn in Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=3340953&trk=tab_pro
What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them? No one has ever accused me of being well-rounded! I mainly enjoy my work as well as writing (business and personal finance related topics) and some travel. I wrote a book titled Never Run Out of Cash in 2004. It was written to help small to medium size business owners better understand and manage their cash flow. I write a blog for business owners about the benefits of getting the accounting and financial side of the business under control. I also write a blog at Freedom From Student Loans. I encourage parents and students to avoid student loans and to pay them off aggressively if they have student loans already. The word “education” and the word “debt” are words that really don’t go together.
When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama? I first heard about the town a long time ago in a letter from Brooklyn Phil. I think it was in the 1980’s. He was organizing a visit of the Phil Campbell’s but I could not attend. I loved the idea of going to see the town. I kept the letter as a reminder to make sure I did that one day. I got my chance when I was in Alabama on a business trip back in 1998. It was cool to see the town. I still have the pictures.
Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? Yes.
What did you think of the experience? I loved the trip. The people there had been through such a horrible tornado and it was good to be able to show our support and concern for the people and the town. I’ll never forget one very special young girl who greeted us at the pavilion by the community center. Her name is Anna Beth Mitchell. She wanted autographs. She wanted pictures with us. She was like a town ambassador welcoming us and making us feel special for being there. We got to be in the parade and meet a ton of wonderful people at the hoedown. It was an honor to be able to show support for their rebuilding efforts after such terrible destruction.
You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name? It is fascinating how having a name in common with the town creates such a connection. I felt the connection and the town feels the connection. When you tell someone there you are Phil Campbell, it lights up their smile. Hard to explain where that comes from but it is really fun to be there.
Tell us a little about yourself, as many words as you would like. I grew up in Beaumont, Texas about 100 miles east of Houston. When I was young I wanted to be a rock-and-roll guitar player. I got a cool guitar I had asked for one Christmas and slowly came to realize I was missing something – talent. My next big dream was to be a corporate jet pilot. I’ve always been fascinated by airplanes and flying as long as I can remember. Watching a corporate jet take off is like looking over the edge of the Grand Canyon. I’m in awe of the beauty. I earned my pilot’s license when I was 17. I ended up with about 250 flight hours when I decided I didn’t want to pay the price to become a professional pilot. That was about the time I began to learn about the business world. I graduated from college in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting and became a CPA in 1985. I love business, especially the financial side of business. I’ve been married twice and divorced twice. (Remember, I majored in business management, not relationship management.) I have two wonderful children who are both adults now.