Jim Phillips
Chairman & CEO
NanoMech Industries, Inc.
jim.phillips@nanomech.com
Mr. Phillips is internationally credited with being very instrumental in developing and
launching instant messaging, the PDA, Cable Modem broadband, PCS, Fixed Cellular,
Time Magazine’s Medical Invention of the Year the VeinViewer, and iPix, at the time,
the world’s largest provider of digital imaging infrastructure for the internet, in such
areas as virtual tours, telepresence, online real estate, hospitality, and security.
Throughout his business career, Jim has held numerous prominent positions and
founded and co-founded many successful corporations while introducing many products
used by millions worldwide. He started his career in 1975 involving his master’s thesis
with Northern Telecom, when the company was the 2nd largest telecom manufacturer in
North America, rising in management to Vice-President; became President & Co-
Founder of SkyTel the nation’s largest messaging company; President & Vice
Chairman of Telular Corp.; Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motorola,
PCS and Multimedia divisions, where his team invented the cable modem, cable
telephony, and pioneered “the cable bundle” which included the invention,
convergence, and deployment of the cable modem, cable telephone service and the set
top interactive TV module with the world’s leading cable service providers. In 1996 Mr.
Phillips received the Motorola Patent Disclosure Award for the tablet computer. As
President and Vice-Chairman of Telular Corporation (WRLS) Jim took the company
public (NASDAQ) and was instrumental in the development of the wireless local loop;
cellular voice and data telephone (wireless dialtone); pioneering machine to machine
communications (M2M) for wireless telemetry applications around the world in energy,
transportation and agriculture; robotics, and wireless security alarm systems protecting
millions of homes and businesses across the U.S. by monitoring intrusion and fire
systems without a traditional land line. While President of Telular, Mr. Phillips was
awarded the patent for PCS One, and sold 20% of the company to Motorola. Jim served
as Senior Vice-President of Mobilecomm, the second largest provider of cellular and
paging services in the U.S. at the time. Jim also Co-Founded iPIX Corporation where
he served as Chairman and CEO. During his tenure with iPIX, he led the company to
become what Forbes called “the Kodak of the Internet.” The company revolutionized
imaging across the internet, inventing 360 degree virtual tours that are a staple on real
estate, hotel & entertainment websites and the only 360×360 security camera system
used by the White House and many government agencies, nuclear facilities and
corporations. Millions of internet users experienced VR, immersive imaging and
“telepresence” for the first time through iPIX. Under Phillips’ leadership, the company
created the first augmented reality system using the first virtual auto-headtracking
eyeglasses and VR headset that provided a live 360° viewing experience to anywhere
in the world. In addition, through the acquisition of Bamboo.com and Picture Works,
Jim’s team oversaw the development of the popular “drag and drop” image submission
process utilized by millions of e-Bay users everyday. Mobilecomm Corporation was sold
to BellSouth Corporation, SkyTel Corporation was sold to MCI Verizon, iPIX was sold to
Sony Corporation, Luminetx was sold to Christies, and Telular was sold to AVISTA.
While furthering his management career in the financial sector, Mr. Phillips served as
CEO in Residence and Special Advisor to the Private Equity and Investment Banking
Groups at Morgan Keegan & Co.
Among his many honors and awards, Jim has won the 2014 and 2016 Edison Award,
2013 R&D100 Award, 2014 Tibbetts Award, the CLIO Award, the BENNY Chairman’s
Award, the University of Memphis Distinguished Graduate Award, the Fogelman
College of Business Distinguished Executive of the Year, the Herff College of
Engineering Distinguished Service Award, the National Golden Key Award, and was
named Tennessee Businessman of the Year in 1999 by the U.S. Small Business
Administration. In 2006, he was inducted into the Memphis Entrepreneurial Society.
Jim holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Memphis, graduating with
academic honors. As a student, he was President of the Tennessee Student
Association, Cadet Commander of the largest ROTC Detachment in the U.S. and Vice
President of the SGA. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant and attended Jet Pilot
Training at Webb AFB in Texas. He was honored with the Professor of Aerospace
Studies Award and the United States Air Force Distinguished Military Graduate Award.