PHILLIP J. KIRK, JR.

Phil Kirk is currently serving as Director of Business and Leadership Development for Brady, a comprehensive energy solutions company headquartered in Greensboro with offices in Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte, Durham and Fayetteville.  He is involved in business development, marketing, governmental relations, community relations, public relations, energy efficiency, and performance contracting for the company which was started 53 years ago as a heating and air conditioning firm.

Kirk joined the firm in July 2009 and works out of the Raleigh office.

Prior to becoming associated with Brady, Kirk was Vice President for External Relations at his alma mater, Catawba College in Salisbury, in addition to serving as a consultant with the Yadkin Valley Winegrowers Association, National Search & Education Consulting, and Shelco, Inc.

Kirk currently serves on the boards of Meredith College, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation and VIF International Education. He also serves on the education committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh. He is Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education where he served for more than six years and visited 750 schools in all 115 school districts.  He has also served as Vice Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges and as a member of the Board of Visitors at East Carolina University, the Board of Trustees at Catawba College, the UNC Tomorrow Commission and the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

He chaired the working committees for the two largest successful bond issues in North Carolina history–$2.75 billion in bonds for schools and roads and $3.1 billion for UNC System, community colleges, and UNC TV.