Interview with Nancy Phillips

As CEO and co-founder of ViaWest, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in establishing the company as a leader in the market. Phillips, who has over 15 years of management experience in technology, oversees ViaWest's operations, engineering and technical support divisions.

Previously Vice President of Operations for RMI.net, Phillips was integral in managing the company's network and technical growth. Prior to helping this struggling Internet service provider back to profitability, Phillips held another position as Vice President of Operations for ITC Worldwide (now Genesys Conferencing) and was Senior Vice President of Operations for ConferTech International (now Global Crossing).

Phillips has also been a principal, executive and consultant for numerous successful telecommunications companies including France Telecom, MCI, and Qwest. Over 15 years ago, she began her career with Teleconferencing Systems Canada as Vice President of Sales and it was in this role that she met Roy Dimoff; the two have been loyal business partners ever since.

In addition to being recognized by ViaWest for her outstanding contributions, Phillips has earned a reputation for excellence throughout the industry. In 2005, the Denver Business Journal named Phillips as "Outstanding Woman in Business" in the high-tech category. She also received the 2004 "Technology Business Woman of the Year" award hosted by the Colorado Software & Internet Association's APEX awards. Phillips was again recognized in 2004 by the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Denver Business Journal, winning the "Outstanding Women in Business Jean Yancey Award." The year 2002 marked the second year in a row in which Phillips was recognized by the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), as a woman that has raised capital for an entrepreneurial venture. Phillips holds an Honors Bachelor of Economics from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Website URL: http://www.viawest.com/

Interview Subject: Nancy Phillips
Release Date: December 1, 2008
Duration: 25:03
Interviewer(s): Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson, Lee Kennedy

Series: Entrepreneurial Heroes