The Laguna Beach Business Club 2024 Speaker Series features Tommy Phillips on January 18

The Laguna Beach Business Club (LBBC) announced that their January 18 meeting speaker is President/Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Tommy Phillips. The LBBC holds monthly breakfast meetings starting at 7:30 a.m., hosting speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in attendees’ personal and professional lives.

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On January 18, Tommy Phillips will discuss the upcoming Laguna Beach Music Festival

For more than 20 years, Phillips has held artistic positions and programming consultancies at orchestras across the country including the San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Pacific Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival, among others. Phillips has guided music directors, helped build strong artistic foundations, and has worked to connect institutions with their respective communities.

Following his passion for cultural exchange and musical ambassadorship, Phillips is also the co-founder of Black Cats Production Company, an international touring and performing arts organization bringing performing ensembles to China and Chinese ensembles to the United States. His past clients include violinist Joshua Bell, the Shanghai Quartet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and France’s Malandain Ballet Biarritz.

During his eight years with the San Diego Symphony, Phillips oversaw the strategy and implementation for all artistic programs, festivals, recording sessions, commissioning projects, and national and international tours. He also developed and produced large-scale multi-media concerts (including the first ever Live-to-Film world premiere of a major motion picture with live orchestra), and built key relationships with major brands such as Disney, Paramount and Comic-Con.

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs that meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of their community and lives with the goal of building and maintaining relationships with local professionals and businesses that they can proudly recommend to clients and friends. LBBC also supports their community by providing and participating in community services and/or events that benefit the citizens of Laguna Beach.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., # 101, Laguna Beach. Non-members are welcome. The non-member guest fee is $30, payable by check to the Laguna Beach Business Club, or by cash the day of the meeting. Space is limited. Guests should be sure they receive RSVP confirmation.

For more information about the LBBC or to register to attend the meeting, visit their website at, or email

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