Business and Education Advocate
For more than 50 years, Phil has served in leadership roles in government, at educational institutions and within the business community.
Phil Kirk began his career in government in 1970 as the youngest state senator elected in North Carolina history. He then served as chief of staff for Govs. Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin as well as U.S. Sen. Jim Broyhill. He also served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for two governors.
In 1989, Phil was named president of N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI), the state’s most powerful business lobby and official state chamber of commerce. During his 16-year tenure, Phil was consistently ranked among the top 25 most effective lobbyists in North Carolina. As former Gov. Jim Hunt said about Phil, “If there’s a single person in this state who is more involved and at the center of every issue, I don’t know who it is.” Read Phil’s full bio …
Experienced and Informative
Phil Kirk has spent five decades informing, entertaining, and persuading audiences across North Carolina.
He has been speaking to groups, friendly and not so friendly, for more than 50 years. As a politician, government official, president of NCCBI and chairman of the State Board of Education, Phil delivered more than 7,000 talks to groups small and large.
Today, Kirk owns his own speaking and consulting business. And as a speaker, he engages audiences with a warm, yet powerful delivery backed with the wisdom of a political “insider.” Whether you need a keynote speaker, panel discussion moderator, after-dinner entertainer or motivational talk, Phil Kirk will tell a story your audience will never forget!