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Attorney Phillip Kilgore to lead Greenville Chamber

Sep 21, 2017 10:40AM ● By Emily Stevenson

The Greenville Chamber's leadership has elected Phillip A. Kilgore to chair its board of directors in 2019. Kilgore, a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins, has served on the Chamber’s Board for the past five years, and on its strategic cabinet as vice chair of business advocacy.

Kilgore takes on the highest leadership role for the Greenville Chamber in 2019. He will serve as chair-elect throughout the next year as Greenville Technical College President Dr. Keith Miller chairs the Chamber’s 2018 board of directors. As chair-elect, Kilgore will chair the Board of Advisors, a group of business and organization leaders who meet quarterly to review business community progress and needs, and plan specific Chamber initiatives.

Current chair Brenda Thames notes, “Phillip is deeply involved in important initiatives for our region, especially in the area of business advocacy. Over the years and specifically this past year, Phillip led the Chamber in responding to the business and advocacy needs of our community. In his role as Vice Chair for Business Advocacy, Phillip has been instrumental in ensuring the Chamber has a voice in policy decisions that impact the business community. With the vote of unanimous approval from the Board, we are confident that Attorney Phillip Kilgore will serve our Chamber, our Investors, and our community well with a focus on the future of our economy.” 

According to Kilgore, “I look forward to leading the Greenville Chamber board in 2019. Much of my public service has involved working to open doors for others. Thus, I am particularly excited about the Chamber’s efforts to create opportunities for more of our citizens to participate in Greenville’s success and prosperity. These efforts fit well with the Chamber’s vision for a globally competitive Upstate economy in which our businesses thrive.”

About Phillip Kilgore 
Phillip Kilgore is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, a national Labor and Employment Law firm based in Greenville, SC. He has been with Ogletree since 1986 and has seen it grow from 40 lawyers to over 800.

Kilgore has extensive litigation experience, representing clients in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He has handled a wide range of cases from traditional employment discrimination claims to tort claims and from environmental claims to shareholder derivative actions and minority shareholder disputes. He is an expert in advising clients on the protection of business assets and litigating acts of misappropriation.

Kilgore has a passion for public service. He serves on the Greenville Water Commission, the Greenville Chamber Board and the Boy Scouts of America’s Blue Ridge Council Board. He previously served on the Greenville Urban League Board, the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the City of Greenville Board of Zoning Appeals. He is a long time member and past President of Rotary and of the Poinsett Club. 

About the Greenville Chamber
The Greenville Chamber, now in its 129th year of operation, is the largest business organization in Upstate South Carolina with over 2100 Investors supporting the vision of a globally competitive Upstate economy where businesses succeed and people prosper. For information, visit