Nashville, TN, USA
March 2020 BIO
Phil Shirley is from Sherwood, Arkansas, and has a 23 year old daughter, Kelsi. He has lived in the middle Tennessee area, currently in Nashville, since 1986. Phil is currently a field director for the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University with a B.A.S. in Electronic Technology and a Minor in Broadcasting. He attended on a full band scholarship studying French Horn and Music Theory. He is a lifetime member of the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. He also studied Recording Industry Management and completed a Minor in Mass Communications at Middle Tennessee State University. Phil was recognized as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year award from Southern Arkansas University-Tech and the Arkansas Community Colleges organization.
Phil is a Certified Miss Tennessee/Miss America 2.0 Competition Judge with over 15 years of experience at all age and local and state levels. He has judged preliminary and state level competitions for several systems including the Miss Tennessee/Miss America 2.0 and Miss Tennessee/Miss America Outstanding Teen 2.0 Competitions, Miss Tennessee U.S. International and Tennessee U.S. United pageants. He has sat on mock interview panels for Miss America contestant, 2014 Miss Tennessee, Shelby Thompson and several Miss Tennessee/Miss America contestants.
Phil is currently employed at UBS Financial Services as an Audiovisual Technician/Video Conference Specialist and holds the internationally recognized audiovisual industry’s Certified Technology Specialist certification. Phil has over 33 years of experience working in all facets of technical production for broadcasting, entertainment and live events including the Concert, Corporate Conference, Pageant, Sports, Television, and Theatre industries, just to name a few. He has worked with many artists, bands, celebrities and award shows such as: The Dove Awards, Gospel Music Awards, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Christian Country Music Awards, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Nascar. Joan Rivers, Anne Murray, Brian Littrel, Lee Greenwood, Wynonna Judd, Chuck Berry, Wolfman Jack, News Boys, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Tommy Lasorda, Charlie Daniels, Linda Davis, Erin Neville, Chris Tomlinson, For King and Country and Hillary Scott and the Scott Family.
He has held the following roles, among many: Technical Director, Stage Manager, Lighting Director, Videographer, Production Coordinator, Audio Engineer and Set Designer.
He likes to spend his spare time with his daughter, attending Middle Tennessee State University sporting events. He has been known to grill a gourmet meal and you can find him, often, dining in an old dive or an authentic soul food or family owned restaurant.
Interesting Fact: He has taken a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, The Spirit of Innovation.