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Up Close with Trisha Phillips

by | Dec 3, 2019 | Connect | 0 comments

From the Gulf of Mexico to the white waters of Tennessee to the Colorado mountains, Trisha Phillips has found profound joy in the outdoors. Her rolling stone recently stopped without a single bit of moss on it in the place where it originally started: Pascagoula, Mississippi. 

Pascagoula is located smack dab in the middle of New Orleans and Pensacola — 1.5 hours in either direction. “Pascagoula is about as far south as you can drive in the state of Mississippi before running right into the Gulf of Mexico,” Trisha said.   

Trisha grew up a mile from the Gulf, enjoying all manner of play on the water. “My favorite place is Horn Island,” Trisha recalls. “The waters around these parts are interesting because you have so many fresh waterways spilling into the Gulf. There’s a chain of barrier islands that trap a lot of that freshwater, making it brackish. Once you reach the barrier islands, the water turns Caribbean blue on a good clear day.” 

When it came to city life, her family’s city was New Orleans, where they went often to laissez le bon temps rouler. 

“I love New Orleans for the people, the fact that everyone is up for letting their freak flag fly, for the deep, deep roots of music, and the food is a bonus. I love the gumbo, oysters Rockefeller, I’m a seafood girl.” 

Trisha graduated from Pascagoula High in 2004, before going on to college at The University of Southern Mississippi, wherein her words “were where the hippies were.” 

Trisha fell in with a love of the outdoors and she found herself guiding rafting trips in the summers on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. 

After graduating with a degree in business and hospitality in 2009, Trisha embarked on an epic cross-country road trip. She logged thousands of miles but found herself drawn to Northern California and Colorado.

“I’d been to Colorado with my family as a girl and once I got a taste of life out there I realized I needed to spend more time in Colorado,” Trisha said. “Someone said if you are going to Colorado, you should move to Telluride.” 

Trisha had never heard of Telluride and looked it up on Google and saw how beautiful it was and decided on the spot she was moving to the idyllic mountain town located in a Box Canyon in Southwest Colorado.

Trisha lined up a place to live (no small feat) and got a job with the ski resort in Telluride and hit the road. 

“The day my boyfriend and I pulled into town it was a full on powder day,” Trisha remembers. “It just felt like I had found my place. Telluride is one of those places, it either embraces you with open arms or it can be a tough place to make it work. I met my best friends there, I was able to explore my love of the outdoors with an endless supply of adventure.” 

Trisha also became an expert skier relatively quickly, especially for a girl from Mississippi. Another aspect of Telluride that Trisha loved was the quality of music that rolled into the box canyon. With a world-renowned bluegrass and blues festival and one of the most renowned theaters in the world in the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride is a music lover’s paradise. 

“I just love the way the music just comes right to you in Telluride,” Trisha said. “World-class music rolls right into your lap. The festivals are amazing.” 

Trisha worked in marketing for the Telluride Board of Tourism and did some marketing consulting.  

When she was introduced to Jake Bush, CEO of INFOCU5, by her previous employer and one of Telluride’s most successful venture capitalists she, “very quickly was able to understand what Jake was doing and where he wanted to go,” Trisha said “I resonated with it a lot and it seemed like a cool and growing company to work for.” 

Bush hired Trisha to work as Content Marketing Manager in the summer of 2018. Working with the INFOCU5 team, Trisha oversees branding, strategic partnerships, promotions and events including a ski race in Telluride called the INFOCU5 Dual Slalom Ski Race.  The race brought in individuals and teams to compete in a dual slalom team ski race that raised money for The Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club. 

“It was a great event,” Trisha said. “The goal was to get the community involved in something cool and fun and also get some exposure for INFOCU5. 

Trisha spent a decade in Telluride but started to feel the pull to leave her remote mountain hamlet in exchange for closeness to her family on the Gulf Coast. In July, she moved home. 

“I wanted to be close to my family,” she said. 

And while she left Telluride, Trisha took her position at INFOCU5 with her. 

“I really believe in Infocu5 because they are tapping into a section of the software industry that is extremely unique and I think the growth potential is through the roof.” 

Following her trajectory from the ocean to the mountains, I asked her if at her core was she a beach girl or a mountain girl. 

“I was born in the heat of the summer – mid August,” Trisha said. “It’s in my blood. The humid stickiness doesn’t bother me. Jimmy Buffet said it best: ‘later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.’ It heals my soul. But then again, I don’t want to choose between mountains or ocean. Each holds a special piece of my soul.”

1. What is the your idea of perfect happiness?  

Dropping into a sick, untouched powder line in Telluride OR being on the beach with my closest friends, listening to good music, cocktail in hand, paddling out for a little playtime in the water, and no wifi allowed.

2. What is your greatest fear? 

Not living life to the fullest.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  

I’m easily distracted. Oh, look, a butterfly! And sometimes I interrupt people.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  

Judgement.

5. Which living person do you most admire? 

 

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel.

7. What is your current state of mind?  

Content.

8. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  

These here grey hairs that keep popping up.

9. What qualities do you most like in a man? 

Honesty, compassion, kindness.

10. What qualities do you most like in a woman? 

Honesty, compassion, kindess towards fellow women.

11. Which phrases do you most overuse?  

“Dude, get this…”

12. What or who is the greatest love of my life?

Mother Nature

13. When and where were you the happiest?

In the mountains or by the ocean

14 .Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to quickly learn new languages.

15. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

To be kinder to myself. I’m only as good to you and as I am to myself.

16. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Going out on a limb to move to new places.

17. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what would it be?

Easily a bird – probably an osprey or a hawk.

18. Where would you most like to live (other than where you live)?

In the jungle on the ocean.

19. What is your most treasured possession?

My bicycle

20. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Divorce.

21. What is your most marked characteristic?

My southern accent.

22. What do you most value in your friends?

Unwavering support and living with intention.

23. Who is your favorite writer?

Delia Owens at the moment.

24. Who is your greatest hero of fiction?

No clue.

25. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Not sure.

26. Who are your heroes in real life?

Individuals unapologetically living their lives to the fullest.

27. What are your favorite names?

Magnolia – always thought it was so pretty, Gabe (my bro)

28. What is your greatest regret?

Ignoring my intuition.

29. How would you like to die?

Obviously in my sleep, but if that isn’t possible, something short and sweet. 

30. What is your motto?

Breathe. 

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