Phil was born and raised in northeast Seattle, not far from the University of Washington.
Phil was born and raised in northeast Seattle, not far from the University of Washington. After graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Physics, Phil went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1986. Since then he has been employed at Ocular Instruments, Inc. and has served as the company's president for more than 20 years. Ocular Instruments is a 3rd generation family business founded by the Ericksons in the early 1960's. Ocular Instruments designs and manufactures diagnostic, laser and surgical ophthalmoscopy lenses used to diagnose and treat eye disease.
Phil was a member of the Seattle Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization for 20 years held several positions on the chapter board including a term as chapter president. He currently serves on the board of the nonprofit, Good Wishes. Good Wishes provides a free headscarf for people who have lost their hair due to disease or chemotherapy. To date, Good Wishes has served over 80,000 recipients worldwide.
Phil lives in Bellevue with his high school sweetheart and wife of over 35 years, Laurie. Phil enjoys golf, boating, fishing and a variety of other outdoor activities.