RetireSafe welcomes Thair Phillips as its new president. He has served as a member of the RetireSafe board for two years.
Phillips is responsible for providing leadership in multiple areas that engage all facets of the organization, including Congressional relations, communications, grassroots advocacy and expanding the supporter base.
Phillips' appointment signals a new direction in the organization–ensuring that legislative agendas protect the quality of life and economic well-being of older Americans while supporting common sense solutions to the challenges of the future. As president, Phillips' goals are to establish RetireSafe as the key voice for and about those issues that affect retiring and retired Americans nationwide, to put RetireSafe’s stamp on legislation affecting those Americans.
Said Jim J. Marquez, chairman of the RetireSafe board, “I’m delighted to welcome Thair Phillips as president. This appointment reflects RetireSafe’s commitment to further expanding its legislative and grassroots capabilities. Phillips brings a wealth of experience in senior and healthcare issues, at a key point in the organization’s progression and our nation’s history. With Social Security, Medicare and healthcare reform in the forefront of our national agenda, it is a critical time for retired and retiring Americans and Phillips leadership will play a critical role in building a better future for retired Americans.”
Thair Phillips' career includes a range of expertise in both the public and private arenas. He was former CEO of the Seniors Coalition, a 3 million member seniors organization, and executive director of the National Subacute Care Association, an organization for promoting the use of subacute care facilities to offset the high cost of prolonged stays in hospitals.
His background includes stints as a B-52 crew member and a war planning specialist in the Air Force and later as a computer systems consultant where he served as a contractor on projects for the Department of Labor, GSA, and the EPA.