Bio: Phil Blair


Phil Blair is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. Since 1977, he along with partner Mel Katz, have built Manpower of San Diego into the largest Manpower franchise in the U.S. with annual revenues exceeding $125 million.

Manpower provides quality employment opportunities for thousands of San Diegans. Their training programs range from community work ready to veterans programs preparing them to enter the civilian workplace.


Mr. Blair is an oft-quoted employment commentator, appearing in local, national and international business media.  He’s a professional speaker on employment and workforce trends and issues, as well as a career coach. His Amazon best-selling book, Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting, is a complete guide to finding and managing a successful career in today’s ever-changing economy.

As an active member of the San Diego Community, Mr. Blair currently serves on the board of directors of: San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; the San Diego Convention Center (Board Member); Downtown San Diego Partnership (Executive Committee); LEAD San Diego (Chair);  CONNECT (Board Member); the Economic Development Corporation (Board Chair); and the San Diego Downtown Rotary Club.

Previously, Mr. Blair was on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the United Way and the Centre City Development Corporation.  He also served as a member of the San Diego City Council; the San Diego Police Foundation; the San Diego Foundation and was commissioner for four years on the Fair Political Practice Commission in Sacramento.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Current Leadership Positions in Community, Civic and Professional Organizations:

  • San Diego Convention Center Board, Chair
  • LEAD San Diego Executive Board Member
  • San Diego Rotary, Member since 1980
  • Connect Board Member
  • The United Way Executive Committee, Past Chair
  • Herb Klein Forum Founder
  • Manpower Insurance Company, Board Member
  • The Lincoln Club of San Diego Member, Past Board Member
  • World War Two Marauders Association Board
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board and Management Committee Member

Past Leadership Positions in Community, Civic and Professional Organizations:

  • San Diego City Council, 5th District Councilmember
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chair – 2008
  • Manpower Franchise Owners Association, Chair
  • NTC Foundation for Arts and Culture, Past Chair and Board Member
  • Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC), Commissioner – four years
  • Planned Parenthood, Chair
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership, Chair
  • Centre City Development Corporation, Chair
  • San Diego Red Cross, Board Member
  • ConVis Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Council on Literacy Advisory Committee, Board Member
  • Angels Foster Care Advisory Committee, Board Member
  • SDSU College Advisory Board
  • San Diego Symphony, Board Member
  • Holiday Bowl Board Member

Notable Contributions and Awards:

Phil Blair Day in San Diego – Contributions to Our City

2008 Director of the Year Corporate Citizenship – Corporate Directors Forum

2007 “50 People to Watch” – San Diego Magazine

2007 Most Admired CEO – San Diego Business Journal

2007 Best Places to Work – San Diego Employers Group

2006 Civic Tribute Award – Copley YMCA –

2005 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation – Association of Fundraising Professionals

2005 Best Places to Work – San Diego Employers Group

2005 Most Admired Company – San Diego Magazine

2004, 2003 Urban League Diversity Award – San Diego County Urban League

2004 Business Hall of Fame – Junior Achievement

2002 Torch Award Market Place Ethics – Better Business Bureau

Manpower-Sponsored Board Rooms:

Urban League Red Cross United Way High Tech High NTC-Liberty Station Senior Community Centers San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce