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Phil’s first love was jazz. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas and developed a love for music when he received his first snare drum when he was 8 years old. His parents supported his studies and at the age of 16 was playing in the University of Wichita Jazz Band. Years after graduating high school he went to Los Angeles to attend the Westlake School of Music. After graduating he became a successful working drummer playing various styles of music including playing jazz gigs with the likes of Red Mitchell, Art Pepper and Pete Christlieb among others. He later toured with Mitzi Gaynor and Ann-Margret, which culminated in performing in the East Room of the White House with one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Sammy Davis, Jr.

After achieving his goals in music, he chose a career in Real Estate which offered him an equally challenging opportunity. Phil started in residential real estate at Caldwell-Banker from 1977-1982, quickly distinguishing himself. From 1980-1982 Phil was chosen to be the manager of the Merrill-Lynch Realty Woodland Hills office. With almost 100 agents, he increased sales and perpetuated the success of that office. Phil then became Executive Vice-president of DMG/Financial Properties where he developed their residential and investment division, after which he joined Prudential California Realty in their Beverly Hills office. In 1993 Phil joined Elite Properties Realty where he is Executive Vice-President and heads up The Seymour Group that specializes in representing Receivers, Partition-Referees, Bankruptcy Trustees and Institutional Trust.

Outside of real estate, his interests are of course, music. He has been on the California Jazz Foundation Board of Directors for 9 years and is also a supporter of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) that offers after school programs for the underserved youth in the Rampart area of Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, Phil goes home to his drum set where he can drum away staying in touch with the music he will always love, “JAZZ.”