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diplomat , financial services executive

Earl Norfleet Phillips,, American diplomat, financial services executive. Named Young Man of Year, High Point Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1971, High Point Citizen of Year, 2000; named one of Five Outstanding Young Men, North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1971; recipient Global Leadership award, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University North Carolina, 2001, Distinguished Alumnus award, University North Carolina Alumni Association, 2002.


Phillips,, Earl Norfleet was born in 1940 in High Point, North Carolina, United States. Son of Earl Norfleet Phillips and Lillian Jordan.


Bachelor of Business Administration, University North Carolina, 1962. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1965.


Security analyst Wertheim & Company, New York City, 1965-1967. Executive vice president Factors Inc., High Point, 1967-1971, First Factors Corporation, High Point, 1972-1981, president, 1982-1998. Chairman General Electric Capital First Factors, 1998-2000.

President Phillips Interests, since 2000. United States ambassador to Eastern Caribbean, 2002—2003. Board directors Oakdale Cotton Mills, North Carolina Enterprise Corporation, Culp Inc.


Member national advisory council Small Business Administration, 1988—1991. Trustee High Point Regional Hospital, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Former member Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.

Trustee University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1983—1991, chairman board, 1989—1991, member endowment board, 1985—2001. Member University North Carolina Foundation, 1987—1991. Board governors University North Carolina Systems, 1995—1999.

Member North Carolina Economic Development Board, Raleigh, 1984—1991. Board directors North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, chairman, 1999—2000. Member National Commercial Finance Association (board directors), The Brook, High Point Community College Club, String and Splinter Club, Linville Golf Club, Gorgons Head Lodge.


Married Sarah Boyle, October 19, 1971. Children: Courtney Dorsett, Jordan Norfleet.

Earl Norfleet Phillips

Lillian Jordan

Sarah Boyle

Courtney Dorsett Phillips,

Jordan Norfleet Phillips,