VOL. 129 | NO. 229 | Monday, November 24, 2014
I Choose Memphis: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
Special to The Daily News
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Philipp von Holtzendorff-Fehling
Job title and company: Chief Marketing Officer, American Home Shield (ServiceMaster)
Length of time living in Memphis: Almost 3 years
Life history: I grew up in Germany with an international orientation from the very beginning, since we traveled a lot as a family. I received my degrees in business and international business leadership in Germany and speak English, Spanish and certainly German. Besides the U.S. and Germany, I worked in Spain, France, Ireland and South America.
After 4 years of leading CRM, customer service and the premium segment at the Avis Budget Group, I moved on to T-Mobile International where I served as vice president, international marketing, sales and CRM and as vice president, marketing at T-Mobile US in Seattle.
After my wife, our two children and I moved to Seattle in 2010, we had the opportunity to move to Memphis in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the city. We live in Harbor Town on Mud Island, and we enjoy this wonderful neighborhood right at the Mississippi.
I like to play tennis at the Chickasaw Club that we joined in 2012. I try to play two or three tournaments a year. This year I represented Memphis in the National Single Championships in Atlanta (40-45 age group) and made it to the quarterfinals. It’s competitive, but a lot of fun at the same time.
I’m fascinated by Memphis’ enormous potential and have become an active promoter of the city and its benefits. I’m convinced Memphis will have a bright future because of its geographical location, its wonderful people and because of so many leaders that are trying together to make Memphis a better place.
What can you find in Memphis that you can’t find anywhere else? The perfect blend of very nice people, great weather, the Mississippi and lots of potential for the future.
What brought you to Memphis? During my time at T-Mobile we were the main sponsor of the NBA. That sponsorship brought me to Memphis one day to see the Grizzlies against the Thunder in a playoff game. We decided to stay for the weekend and loved the whole city, the people, the excitement, the Mississippi and the weather. That experience was the key driver for us to at some point decide for Memphis and against Seattle or some other cities.
What current local initiative excites you most? One of the moon missions that David Waddell has been very active in is about attracting a lot more startups and entrepreneurs. “1000 entrepreneurs in 10 years” is a great idea and would have a great positive impact.
What is your favorite local restaurant? I’m a big fan of Iris and Felicia Suzanne’s, but Memphis has an enormous amount of wonderful restaurants to offer – something that’s often underestimated by people that don’t know Memphis. Lots of great choices!
What company are you most impressed with? FedEx and ServiceMaster. FedEx, because I just admire what a great, global company Fred Smith has built and how this Memphis-based company is well-known all over the world. ServiceMaster, because this company and its brands have enormous potential, and our team delivers essential services and positive experiences for 5 million residential and commercial customers across the nation. I’m especially impressed by the frontline associates that are the backbone of ServiceMaster.