Phil has a degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and had brief careers in commercial banking and endowment investing before he found his true passion as a veterinarian. As a practice owner, Phil started, owned and sold multiple practices including a 6-doctor practice that was sold by the Ackerman Group in 2017.

Phil has been active in organized veterinary medicine for more than 25 years, including his local and state Veterinary Medical Associations, and the AVMA, where Phil now serves as a delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates.  In 2017, Phil was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year.  Phil has maintained a long-time interest in practice management and is a member of Veterinary Management Group (VMG).

In his free time, Phil and his wife Chris enjoy traveling and spending time at the coast boating and fishing.  Phil has a love affair with the game of golf, an emotion that is not necessarily reciprocated. His goal with Ackerman Group is to help his colleagues who are transitioning from practice both maximize the sale value of their practice and minimize its tax liability.