Frank Philips is the Vice President of Business Development at The Marketing Zen Group. In other words, Frank is the ultimate matchmaker. He connects the right clients with the right services and the right team. His greatest pet peeve is hearing “I wish we had found your team sooner!” Frank isn’t your traditional sales person. In fact, he is serial entrepreneur who understands what it takes to succeed in today’s digital age. His past clients include Citibank, Qatar Airways, and Universal Studios.
He is also a tinkerer and loves the start-up culture. His diverse background includes everything from selling comic books at 12, to starting a restaurant in his teens, to helping PhD’s with a human genome startup in his 20’s. After graduating from Pace University with a bachelors degree in Information Systems, he worked at major companies including IBM, Lehman Brother’s, USA Today, & UBS Financial. Prior to joining the Marketing Zen team, he held senior management roles at IT & mobile development firms such as Seven Tablets & Infovision.
What is your favorite social media platform, and why?I’ve failed many times, hence I have learned a lot about what works and what doesnt. I’m a bit of a “jack of all trades”, as I can conceptualize, design, and develop ideas into existence. I’ve been involved with everything from outsourcing my homework when I was 12, to selling bootleg cable boxes when I was 15, starting a restaurant at 18, working at companies such as IBM, HP, and Lehman Brothers in my 20’s, to working on some awesome projects involving digital marketing, web, and mobile in my 30’s.
What personality/celebrity/influencer would you most like to have dinner with?Sean Combs (P. Diddy). I can relate to Diddy as I grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood (Yonkers, NY). It’s really cool to see him hustle his way from nothing into creating such a huge empire. He’s the epitome of a serial entrepreneur, and I admire his branding genius. On another note, I wouldn’t mind having a one-on-one dinner with Salma Hayek. Don’t worry, my wife would approve!
Kerala, India. Super low cost of living, tropical weather, great food, pretty decent Wi-Fi! Did I also mention that you can earn between 15-20% interest on your money by just depositing it in a local bank? How awesome is that?!
Frank was raised in South Yonkers, NY, and lived down the street from R&B and Hip Hop artists such as Mary J. Blige, The Lox, & DMX. Currently he resides in McKinney, TX, with his wife & two-year-old daughter.
What is your favorite social media platform, and why?AOL Instant Messenger (back when it was around). It used to be the place all my friends hung out after school! Currently, my favorite social media platform is Instagram. It’s much more personal than Facebook, and I love how it makes my terrible photos look so awesome! :)
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