The Phillips file Featured

8:00pm EDT October 26, 2008

Where were you born?

Oneida, N.Y., but I grew up in Nashua, N.H.

What was your very first job?

In Nashua, I was 16, and I worked as a stock boy at F. W. Woolworth Co. on Main Street.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Rich Melman (chairman and founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc.). I have had the privilege of meeting him a couple of times, and they work with our concessionaires in the premium catering area at the stadium. He has had, in a very difficult business, an incredible string of successful restaurants. He is a creative gentleman but very down to earth, a regular guy. He believes in having fun, and at the same time, he believes in high quality, both in terms of the service provided in his establishments and the ingredients that are used in his product.

Who is your favorite Chicago Bears player of all time?

I don’t know if I can tell you one. Everyone loves Walter Payton, and he’s definitely up there. I had the privilege of knowing him not just as a player, but I saw the human and business side of him because, after he retired, he sat on our board before he passed away. Another favorite is Matt Suey. I loved his work ethic and how he was the consummate team player. Another one that I loved a lot, just because he was maybe the most friendly and nicest player to be around — and seemed to have a lot of different interests in his life besides football — was Neal Anderson.

If you could be one superhero, who one would you be and why?

It came down to three: Superman, Batman and Spiderman. All three of them always did good things, and they weren’t known to a lot of people for doing those things. But I’m going to lean toward Spiderman. He was a regular guy, he had a real humanistic side to him, had a great heart, he was witty, and he was smart. ... And he didn’t really have, unlike Superman, a lot of superhero powers. And for the powers that he was given, he realized they came with a greater responsibility.