Phil Blair

Executive Officer

Mr. Blair is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. Since 1977, he along with partner Mel Katz, have built Manpower-West into the largest Manpower franchise in the U.S. with annual revenues exceeding $125 million.

Manpower provides quality employment opportunities for thousands of people. Their training programs, under the name WorkPath range from work readiness training for community organizations to veterans programs preparing them to enter the civilian workplace.

Mr. Blair is an oft-quoted employment commentator, appearing in local and national business media. He is a professional speaker on employment, workforce trends and multigenerational employment issues, as well as being a career coach. Phil’s book Job Won! is a complete guide to finding and managing a successful career in today’s economy. It has proven to be a helpful tool for anyone entering or struggling in today’s workplace. He is currently writing “Job Won! for America’s Veterans” focusing on Veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. His monthly seminars about his book provide insight to changing careers and the goal of finding and getting your dream job. He can be seen on KUSI every week with a morning segment about managing your own career.

As an active member of the San Diego Community, Mr. Blair currently serves on the board of directors of: San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (past Chair); the San Diego Convention Center (past Chair); Downtown San Diego Partnership Executive Committee; LEAD San Diego (past Chair); CONNECT (Board Member); the Economic Development Corporation (Executive Committee Member); National Association of Workforce Board, and the San Diego Downtown Rotary Club. He teaches “In the CEO’s Chair” at the University of San Diego.

Previously, Mr. Blair was on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the United Way and the Centre City Development Corporation. He also served as a member of the San Diego City Council; the San Diego Police Foundation; the San Diego Foundation and was commissioner for four years to the Fair Political Practice Commission in Sacramento.


October 5, 2016
The Shift: Setting the Stage
Reunion Ballroom
8:30 a.m.  -  8:45 a.m.