Bachelor of Business Administration, San Diego State University, 1964.
Agent Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, San Diego, 1964-1968. Partner Phelps & Jessen Associates, 1968-1972. President E.J. Phelps & Company, since 1972.
Trustee La Jolla (California) Museum Contemporary Art, since 1983. Board directors Mission Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, San Diego, since 1984. Member advisory board University California-San Diego, La Jolla, since 1983.
Served as corporal United States Marine Corps, 1956-1958. Member National Association Accountants, National Association Life Underwriters, CLU's of San Diego, San Diego Employee Benefit Council, Western Pension Council, San Diego Estate Planning Council. Clubs: Variety (vice president 1978-1980), 20-30 International (president 1972) (San Diego).
Married Sharon Lyn Bailey, April 20, 1958 (divorced August 1973). Married Mary Joy Phelps, August 12, 1974. Adopted children: Gregory Allen, Stacey Marie.