The chamber of commerce community mourns the passing of Phil A. Neighbors, CCE, president and CEO of the San Angelo, Texas, Chamber of Commerce. Neighbors died Wednesday, Feb. 3, after suffering a pulmonary embolism on Sunday, Jan. 31. He was 64 years old.
“Phil Neighbors was a mentor to me,” said Eddie McBride, president and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber and chairman of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives. “He was a wonderful person and a consummate professional.”
“Few people have the levels of both professional capacity and kindness that Phil brought to the job,” said ACCE president Mick Fleming. “He’ll be missed by colleagues in Texas and across the country.”
Retired Superintendent of the San Angelo ISD, Dr. Carol Ann Bonds called Neighbors the “finest Chamber President I have worked with in my career.”
“He could have gotten a higher-paying job in a larger city,” said Jim Hughes, past chairman of the San Angelo Chamber. “But he loved San Angelo and its people. He chose to live here and help build this community, and for that San Angelo is a much better place.”
Neighbors began his chamber career in 1976 at the Abilene-based West Texas Chamber of Commerce. He served as vice president of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, then as the president of the San Marcos Chamber for more than a decade. He became president and CEO of the San Angelo Chamber in 2006.
Read more reaction to Neighbors’ passing from the San Angelo community here.