Phillips & Company, a global communications firm, announced today that company President Rich Phillips has joined the board of directors of Explore Mars, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. Phillips, a frequent speaker at aerospace technology and space economic forums, founded Phillips & Company in 2003 and launched its Space Technology and Commerce Practice in 2008.
"We are extremely happy to welcome Rich to the board of directors," said Explore Mars Executive Director Chris Carberry. "Rich's background and his ability to bring people together are precisely what Explore Mars needs at this point in time to help move the organization forward and effectively advance the cause of sending humans to Mars."
Phillips & Company is a leader in public relations and business development in markets serving space exploration and related technology and commercial applications. In August of this year, Phillips worked closely with NASA in the development and execution of the GetCurious.com public relations campaign to promote the landing of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
"The Explore Mars team has been instrumental at advancing the cause for exploring the Red Planet and the benefits to U.S. leadership and mankind," said Phillips. "I am confident that a man or woman will step onto the surface of Mars in our lifetime, and I am proud to work with Explore Mars to help fulfill that mission."
Explore Mars' mission is to "make humans a multi-planet species." To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. The organization also challenges and encourages educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula.
Said Phillips, "The case for planetary exploration is not just rooted in science and education. Exploration of our solar system is a critical strategy for economic growth and opportunity. The Space Economy will be a trillion dollar market by 2020, and the decisions we make today will set the stage for either U.S. leadership or someone else."
About Phillips & Company
Phillips & Company is a global communications firm that helps companies, government agencies and non-profits create, defend and sustain leadership positions through public relations and business development. With a focus on space technology, homeland security, mobile computing, telecommunications, healthcare, education and energy, Phillips & Company helps organizations focus on the opportunities and strategies that accelerate market victories. Ultimately, Phillips helps organizations create demand for their products, services and ideas by broadening and reinforcing the trust customers, partners and investors have in their vision and mission. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Phillips & Company has operations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, London and Hong Kong.
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