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Kathy Phillips

Kathy Phillips

Owner and CEO

Primitives by Kathy

Phillips, whose duties include product development director started the home decor and gift business in 1997 out of her basement. She handmade the first “primitive candle box,” ,taking care over every detail, from the sanded edges to the type of ribbon tied on the wire handles, each was a work of passion. As demand grew, she enlisted the people at Goodwill Services to help the company meet demand. The partnership with Goodwill Services continues today.

Phillips is proud of the growth and partnerships she has built with her valued customers.

True success for Phillips is giving back and remembering the organizations and individuals who supported her in the beginning. She has made giving part of the corporate strategy, creating products for her Benefit Collection that not only look good, but do good.

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This profile is part of CPBJ's Manufacturing & Technology Power 30 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.

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