KCI is pleased to announce that Senior Vice President Charles A. Phillips Jr., RPLS, was presented with a Community Service Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies / Maryland at a banquet held in Baltimore on February 18. The honor recognizes individuals from within the engineering industry that have made significant contributions to their communities by volunteering their time and expertise. Judges consider each nominee’s sustained commitment to the community; public leadership; activity in local, county and/or state government; evidence of their influence on decision making beyond professional issues; and contributions to quality of life enhancement in the community.
Phillips has been dedicated to serving the region throughout his 38-year career, whether that be through community support, industry advancement through professional organizations, mentoring, volunteering or stewardship.
I believe it is incumbent on all of us to give back to the communities where we live, work, worship and play. I am grateful to work for a company where social responsibility and giving back is interwoven into our culture and supported at all levels of leadership.
Charles A. Phillips Jr., RPLSSenior Vice President, Facilities Market Leader
Phillips has been an active member of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for more than 15 years. In 2013, he was elected to serve on the organization’s board, and is also one of the founding members of the chamber’s GovConnects Council, which focuses on assisting businesses within government contracting fields. Last year, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman appointed Phillips to the board of the county’s Economic Development Authority.
For the last 12 years, he served on the executive committee for Project PLASE, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and hope for Baltimore’s most vulnerable homeless population. Over his tenure, the organization grew its reach to the local homeless population by incorporating mental health services, facility expansions, adding transitional housing for veterans, and offering GED tutoring for women. He is currently overseeing an aggressive program to renovate a newly purchased facility that will offer housing to the homeless of West Baltimore.
Chuck has served as an advocate for community service since he first joined KCI decades ago. As a long-time and well-respected manager in the firm, he encourages our young professionals to get involved in community, government, and environmental pursuits that help society while fostering their growth into business leaders who will continue to give back to their communities.
Terry F. Neimeyer, PE, BCEE, FACEC, ENV SP, FASCEChairman of the Board
In 2010, Phillips joined the board of directors for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and currently is a member of the organization’s Audit, Membership and Governance committees. He is a long-time member of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Maryland Home Builders Association and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. Phillips also serves as the music leader of Cedar Ridge Community church, and is the front-man for a Christian rock band that plays throughout the year. He also volunteers for a variety of outreach opportunities, including working with the church’s 65-acre farm to collect 4,000 pounds of produce that is given to various shelters.
After joining KCI in 1985 as a lead surveyor in the firm’s Laurel office, Phillips became head of the Baltimore surveys division in 1991, the Laurel office in 1992, and the Baltimore site engineering division in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed head of the site engineering and surveys group and promoted to senior vice president. In 2002, he was named site/buildings/telecommunications market manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, and now serves as company-wide site and facilities discipline manager. Phillips is a registered property line surveyor as well as a member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, and the Society of American Military Engineers.