has been a registered lobbyist in Harrisburg, PA since 1989. He started PHILLIPS ASSOCIATES April 1, 1999, after over twenty years in Federal and state government relations.
He represents a number of clients including Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO), PA Septage Management Association, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association, PA State Grange, and Crop Insurance Agents Association of PA, etc. He has represented three of the four major Pennsylvania insurance agents' associations, PA Association of Health Underwriters (health and employee benefits), the Independent Insurance Agents of PA, or Big I, (property/casualty insurance), and the PA Assn. of Life Underwriters (PALU). He also provided management services to the PA Financial Services Association and the PA Forest Fire Museum Assn (tourism, fund-raising) as well as formerly lobbying for the PA Association for Safety Education, (Driver Education instructors), Manufacturers Association of South Central PA, York County Chamber of Commerce, PA Floral Industry Association, PA Horticultural Trade Alliance, PA Christmas Tree Growers Association, and others.
Selected issues on which he has lobbied include passage of Workers' Compensation reform, changes in the way insurance producers are licensed, health insurance and employee benefits, state regulation of Affordable Care Act Navigators, Insurance Agents ability to charge fees, successful repeal of the 2% annuity tax, business taxation, tort reform, highway safety, agriculture funding, etc.
Prior to being recruited to Pennsylvania, Vince worked in Washington, D. C., as Press Secretary to the National American Wholesale Grocers Association, now part of the Food Marketing Institute. He was a Reagan-Bush Administration political appointee in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Liaison, and Office of Rural Development Policy). His DC tenure also included work for a U.S. Congressman and service in the Office of the President-Elect (Transition Team) in 1980.
Community work has included volunteer service and grant writing for the YMCA and its aquatics program. He initiated a toy/clothing collection from PA to the Navaho Community in Sanastee, New Mexico, on behalf of a 200-family father/daughter YMCA group. He is a lifetime member of the Conodoguinett Creek Watershed Association (conservation), member of Loyalsox Creek Watershed Association, East Pennsboro Historical Society, PA State Grange, PA Farm Bureau, National Association of Farm Broadcasters, and has been an award-winning Toastmaster. He formerly taught Catechism at Tree of Life Lutheran Church and served as Debate Coach for Cumberland Valley High School.
Vince is certified by the PA Insurance Department as an instructor, and his firm is approved to offer over 70 Continuing Education courses. From 1996-99, he held the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation by the American Society of Association Executives. He was also a member of PASAE (formerly known as PA Society of Association Executives), having served as their government relations committee chair and Board member. He is a former member of American Society for Public Administration and was National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Board member.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University South Bend, a Master's from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He and his wife York native Claudia Keiper Phillips reside in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. Vince is also a non-published writer of science fiction and fantasy.
Vince Phillips, 3610 Kent Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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LYNN HERMAN served in the General Assembly
from 1982-2006 representing Centre County. His service included 24 years on the House Education Committee and was
Chair of the House Local Government Committee for 14 years. As a registered lobbyist, he has represented the PA
Association of Retired State employees and was a Business development Consultant for several PA firms. Lynn
received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master in Public
Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. For Phillips Associates, he is focusing on agriculture and
farmers' risk management issues.
CLAUDIA PHILLIPS holds a BA
degree from Albright College in Reading, PA and an Master’s in
Public Administration with a concentration in Judicial
Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. A
native of York, PA, she also has a year of law school and a
paralegal certificate. She has point responsibility for several
clients and handles the course filing compliance for insurance
Continuing Education with the state regulators.
JOAN TROUTMAN serves as the
registrar for PHILLIPS ASSOCIATES and administers membership
data bases, etc. Before joining the firm, she served the former
Independent Insurance agents of Pennsylvania as their registrar
for over twenty-five years. She is a native of Enola, PA.
ELIZABETH PHILLIPS serves as the
produces films and video projects for Phillips Associates. Some of her works include public service
announcements (consumer education), The Heritage of Pennsylvania Forestry film, a mini-documentary on
the Cornucopia: Taste of PA Legislative Reception, and a Crop Insurance video for property/casualty
CHRISTOPHER J. KNIGHT spent nearly nine years as
Counsel to the PA Insurance Department before joining the Harrisburg law firm of Hawke McKeon & Sniscak LLP where he
focuses on representing insurance producers and Mutual Insurance Companies. At the Department, he served as lead
attorney for the MCARE Fund and worked on multi-state investigations of major international insurance companies.
He coordinated insurance producer waiver reviews and enforcement investigations and administrative prosecutions
related to insurance producers and company compliance and licensing. He is admitted to practice before PA and US
Supreme Courts and is a member of the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals as well as the PA Bar Association.
He graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Humanities and from Widener School of Law with a JD.