Richard Phillips Tribute

Tribute to Richard M. Phillips

Our association has a character all its own.   Each organization develops its own dynamic, but it is important to know where the roots of this great organization first sprouted.

To know who Richard M. Phillips was, is to know who we at the MBA aspire to be.

Excerpt from Suncoast MBA News Letter, September 1986:

Saturday, September 13th 1986, was a day filled with sorrow on both sides of Tampa Bay.  Not only did the MBA lose a valued member of its association, a past President, and a President-elect, but a friend as well.  A friend to our industry and a friend to us throughout the state.  Many of us have been touched by Rick Phillip’s generosity, character and integrity for years.

Those of you who did not have the opportunity to meet Rick or to feel the sense of honor generated when he entered a room have missed a rate opportunity.  However, I can assure you with those people he befriended in our industry this same sense of honor will continue for many years to come.

Rick was Divisional Vice-President for Meritor Mortgage Corporation East.  He was currently serving as Vice President of our association and has been active on many of the committees and special project groups throughout his relationship with the Suncoast MBA.

Mr. Phillips recently received the Brown L. Whatley Award – the highest honor bestowed upon a mortgage banker by his peers in the State of Florida – at the last annual state conference.  It should also be pointed out that Mr. Phillips headed the convention committee which is on the chairman’s part.  These plans are worked on for a year prior to the convention.

Rick personified the definition of “workaholic”.  Always on the go … never saying no to a request to serve or to help.  Relentless in this efforts for our MBA chapter and the mortgage banking industry.

Not to be neglected with all the responsibilities that Rick so willingly accepted were his two daughters – Mary Patricia and Elizabeth Morlan Phillips.   In adition to the many accomplishments Rick has made over the years, his most recent was his marriage to Sarah Ann Huff Phillips.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Sarah and the girls.