After 25 years, Jim Phillips bids farewell but not goodbye.

WATERLOO, Iowa (June 1, 2017)—VGM Group, Inc.’s president and chief operating officer, Jim Phillips, has retired after 25 years with the company.

Phillips has served as the membership service organization’s COO since 2008 and was selected as president of VGM Group, Inc. in January of 2016. Phillips’ last day in the office was May 19.

“Jim has been a big part of VGM, and he will be greatly missed,” said Mike Mallaro, VGM Group’s chief executive officer. “Jim remains a VGM Group Board member, valued advisor, and friend to so many of us in the VGM extended family.”

Phillips joined VGM in 1991 when its founder, the late Van G. Miller, recruited him to start VGM’s equipment leasing business. Phillips grew the division, now known as VGM Financial Services, from being the sole employee to having more than 40 associates managing financing for the home health care and golf industries.

“It’s been a fantastic ride, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people,” said Phillips. “I’m going to remain as connected as possible but will miss sharing in member success stories as well as providing guidance to the talented people that work for VGM. Retirement was certainly not an easy decision, but I need to keep moving and get healthy.”

With an affinity for the Caribbean and Jimmy Buffet music, Phillips looks forward to what adventures await for him and his wife of 39 years, Ardith. “This begins phase two of my life, and I am incredibly blessed with my wife and family and to have them all close,” said Phillips. “Life is short so I need to make sure and leave some time to enjoy it.”

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