Agent of Change Philanthropy Award
The PCOS Challenge Agent of Change Philanthropy Award honors an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles related to PCOS.
Phil Gerlicher is Co-CEO of First Financial Security with his wife Debbie Gerlicher.
Phil began pursuing his own American Dream shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon. He took a job in the auditing division of a mid-sized bank holding company, and his more than 30-year financial services career was underway. But it quickly became clear that the corporate world was not the right fit for a person with his ambition and drive.
A conversation with his father-in-law convinced Phil that becoming an entrepreneur with his own business was the path he should take to create wealth and security for his young family. Together, they purchased a small manufacturing company. Even though it was a short, four-year run, it provided valuable lessons and experience that have served him well over the years. From there Phil took a job selling life insurance to the customers of a small Savings & Loan. He has been in the insurance industry in one form or another ever since. His three-plus decades as an entrepreneur and business owner have helped shape his personal values and develop the business skills necessary to lead First Financial Security through the initial start-up and early hyper-growth phases. Working with First Financial Security has been a source of enjoyment and pride for Phil and his wife.
Phil and Debbie have been valued supporters of PCOS Challenge programs since 2016.