Father and son on the field for a half-time show–“the experience of a lifetime,” says Phil.
Oakland County, MI
In 2010, as Oakland County, MI (pop. 1.2 million) was learning to do “less with less,” it decided it needed a centralized Internet portal where small and mid-sized governments would have the same economies of scale enjoyed by the county in assessing and purchasing technology.
Three years ago, the county launched G2G Marketplace, a portal where its towns can take assessments, download strategy, process documents, and search out tech solutions without reinventing the wheel each time.
The first offering (under the original name G2G Cloud Solutions) was eCommerce technology. The latest–Tech Debt Check—was launched this summer and takes the user through a three-step assessment process from which it suggests next steps and ranks tasks in order of importance. Blogs on the website help users understand the different nuances of a particular tech challenge; there are competitively bid contracts; and it’s all free.
Another example is G2G Marketplace’s Geovision, which allows governments to conduct assessments of geographic information systems by department. With an analysis in hand, the user knows what they have, what they need, and how much it costs.
Other self-assessments available in the portal include one for cybersecurity called CySAFE, which has been downloaded over 500 times in every state in the country, Phil says. “People are using it because it’s a simple assessment done in Excel using the standard framework on cybersecurity,” he explains.
Born in Detroit, raised in St. Clair Shores, an eastside suburb. Got bachelor’s in telecommunications from Michigan State University (’85), where he played sousaphone in the marching band. Married with two sons, 19 and 21; oldest is a culinary cast member at Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and the youngest is a student at MSU where he plays like his dad did in the marching band (though the son plays trumpet). Phil serves as president of MSU Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Board.
The day before the annual University of Michigan v. MSU game, Phil parades through his office playing the MSU fight song with his sousaphone.