Retired Managing Director, American River Ventures

Corley-Phillips-3Corley Phillips is Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the River and is an active angler and river conservationist.  He retired as Managing Director from American River Ventures, a $100M fund investing in early stage information technology companies which he founded, in 2008, and was an active seed-stage investor in Northern California and Northern Nevada since 1993.Prior to his activities as an investor, Mr. Phillips had a distinguished entrepreneurial career, serving as President of Manzanita Software Systems and Grafpoint; both firms were acquired by larger public firms.  He previously held various sales and marketing positions with Envision Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Corley Phillips-1Mr. Phillips has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, where he co-taught the Business Development Clinic course in the Graduate School of Management.  He is also Director of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, www.sealink.org, a non-profit with a mission to educate,Corley Phillips-2 mentor, and nurture entrepreneurs in local community.  He is currently on the board of directors of Capay Organic and the California Job Journal.  In addition, he sings with a local barbershop chorus, www.voicesofcalifornia.com.