Board of Directors
Senior Advisory Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Fairfax Advisors LLC
Sterling Phillips founded Fairfax Advisors LLC in January 2015. Fairfax Advisors is a management consulting and advisory firm headquartered in McLean, Virginia. In his previous position, Phillips served as president and CEO of USIS LLC from January 2013 to January 2015 when the business was sold. USIS was a 6000-employee federal contractor that provided background investigations and security, biometric and litigation support services to the U.S. Government. USIS was owned by Providence Equity Partners.
Prior to joining USIS, Phillips served as president and CEO of GTSI Corp. GTSI was a publicly-traded (NASDAQ: GTSI) information technology, professional services and systems integration firm prior to its sale to Unicom Global in 2012. GTSI provided information technology solutions and services to the U.S. government as well as state and local government clients. Phillips led a successful turnaround of the business, completed a strategic acquisition and sold the company for a substantial premium in less than 24 months.
Prior to GTSI, Phillips served as a venture partner with FirstMark Capital with offices in New York and McLean, Virginia. FirstMark Capital is a leading venture capital and private equity firm focused on investments in innovative technologies and technology-enabled business models. Prior to joining FirstMark, Phillips served for six years as Chairman and CEO of Analex Corporation, a publicly traded federal professional services firm that was acquired in March 2007 by QinetiQ North America. Analex had more than 1,100 employees who provide information technology, engineering, security and intelligence related services to the U.S. intelligence community, the Department of Defense and NASA.
Phillips began his career with IBM Corporation where he progressed through a variety of technical, marketing and general management assignments. During his last nine years with IBM, he was an executive in the Federal Systems Division (now a part of Lockheed Martin) in business development and general management roles. Following his early retirement from IBM, Phillips joined Computer Sciences Corporation where he served as president of the federal business development division.
Since 1992, Phillips has served in top management positions in federal information technology contractors, focusing on their growth and development. Phillips has a degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Patricia Ferrill reside in McLean, Virginia.