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A Top 10 Leader at the Top of High Tech.
12/21/2013

COD Alumnus and Entrepreneur At The Top of High Tech

Phillip Walker still remembers the thrill of seeing his first computers in elementary school. Today, the entrepreneur and proud alumnus of College of the Desert (COD) has taken his passion all the way to the top of the high tech industry.

But it hasn’t been easy. When he graduated from high school, Phillip took the Greyhound bus to COD with nothing but a backpack and a trunk with everything he owned in it.

Click below to hear Phillip Walker read his story of success.

Now at the helm of Network Solutions Provider (NSP), one the fastest growing technology integrators in the country, Phillip has been focused and determined to succeed since his early days at the College.

As a basketball student athlete at COD, Phillip honed discipline and determination skills that earned him the Charles Spartro Student Athlete Award. He continued to put that drive to work after graduating and transferring to a four year college in northern California where he could see the Oracle Building from campus. That view became his vision for the future.

Nearly fifteen years later, he put his passion and experience to work with the launch of his own internet provider company landing partnerships with major telecommunications companies. Phillip was named among the top 10 most influential African-American entrepreneurs in the United States by Inc. Magazine in 2011 and 2012, and that same year, his company also made Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list the last two years running.

“It was College of the Desert that helped pave the way for my future,” Phillip adds. “Support from Donni Prince in the Veteran’s Office as well as Coach Springer and Coach Marman in the athletics program helped encourage and push me to realize my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.”

Everywhere you look in our community, COD and the Foundation have helped change lives for the better through higher education. You’ll find many ways you can change lives and our community for the better here on our site and in our Guide to Giving section. Or, call us at the Foundation, 760-773-2561.