Assistant Vice President and downtown Branch Manager for Trustmark National Bank Heather Phillips puts her networking skills to work not just in her career but on behalf of the Chamber too, serving as Chairman of its 2020 Ambassador program.
How long have you worked for Trustmark National Bank? Since August 2015
What’s your favorite aspect of your job? Business development and networking. I love getting out into the community, meeting business owners and learning about their business. Small business owners are passionate about what they do and have great stories to tell. It is my job and honor to help them with their financial needs.
How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador? This is my fifth year, and I am honored to serve as the 2020 Chamber Ambassador Chairman.
What do you hope to accomplish as Chamber Ambassador chair? To me a Chamber Ambassador is selected as a very important part of the Chamber to help accomplish the Chamber mission. I want my love and passion for Montgomery and the local business community to inspire the Ambassadors to represent and promote the Chamber. We do that by recruiting new Chamber members, spreading the word about new businesses to our network, and attending and working Chamber events.
What have you gotten out of being an Ambassador and why would you encourage others to participate in the program? I am not from Montgomery, so it was very important for me to get plugged into the community. The Chamber Ambassador program has helped me do that by meeting people at the Ribbon Cuttings, 60 Minute Coffees and Chamber After Hours. I have made many business contacts and friends through the Ambassador program.
What are your interests outside of work? I love running, spending time with family and friends, and watching my son play baseball and football.
Heather Phillips was recently recognized in the 2019 Trustmark President’s Club. The President’s Club Award is given to the top 25 percent of staff who excel in branch income, deposits, loans, operations and customer service scores. This marked her third year receiving the award.