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New Board Member Spotlight: Scott Phillips

This summer, we welcomed 3 new board members: Olatunde Gbolahan, Scott Phillips, and Bryan Daigle. We’re excited to add these interesting and dynamic professionals to the Explore Austin team. Get to know Scott below and keep an eye on our social media for more!

Where do you work?

Endeavor Real Estate Group.

How did you get involved with Explore Austin?

A friend of mine was a mentor with Explore Austin. I learned about the program through him and that it aligned with both my interest in outdoor sports and desire to give back to the community that has given so much to me.

What does mentorship mean to you?

Mentorship, to me, is being a guiding voice, sounding board, and example for someone seeking the same.

What has stood out to you about your mentorship experience at Explore Austin?

Without a doubt, the hands-on approach and deep connection with the Explorers that is cultivated over 6 years of programming. Being hungry around a campfire in the backcountry, after hiking 10 miles and gaining 2,000 feet of elevation while wearing loaded packs, breaks down some barriers! Trust is earned in these environments, real bonds are made, true character comes out, and you can’t hide who you really are.

What would you tell someone who is considering mentoring at Explore Austin?

You don’t need outdoor experience, it’s best to be committed to Austin for 6 years, treat the kids like peers (you must give respect to get respect), your relationship and managing differences with your co-mentors will make a break the team dynamic.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I might be able to play a few licks on the ole banjo!