Phil Cassens

Board Member

Phil Cassens moved from his hometown of Conyers, GA to Los Angeles in 1987 to become a rock star but that dream remained elusive. He instead found work in the mailroom of a newly formed Virgin Records America and climbed his way up (or down) to become a senior A&R executive in the space of three years. While at Virgin he worked with artists as diverse as Keith Richards and Janet Jackson. In 1994 he continued his music industry career at Sony/WORK Group, joining co-presidents Jordan Harris and Jeff Ayeroff, with whom he’d started with at Virgin, working with Jamiroquai, LEN, and Esthero, and on soundtracks to the films GO, Godzilla, and My Best Friend’s Wedding among others. The year 2000 brought a dramatic shift in direction and Phil left the music industry, moved to Switzerland and worked on the turnaround of Corum Swiss Timepieces, based in La Chaux de Fonds. After completing the successful turnaround, Phil returned to Los Angeles and grew a fledgling guitar amplifier company, 65 Amps into what is now the preferred amp of professional guitarists ranging from Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello to Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Keith Urban. Phil now devotes most of his time to managing his family’s home office. His passions include cycling and back-country skiing.