Phillip Hayes is a senior consultant with IRI Consultants, which merged in 2017 with North Bridge Communications – a DC-based public relations firm that Phillip co-founded more than 10 years earlier. In addition to representing the American Sugar Alliance, Phillip also represents National Crop Insurance Services and Farm Policy Facts, a coalition of numerous agricultural organizations.
Before starting North Bridge, Phillip served as the American Sugar Alliance’s communications director, a position he began in 2004 and still holds today. He was also a member of the media relations team at Hill & Knowlton, which was the world’s biggest PR firm at the time.
Phillip began his career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for a member of the House Appropriations Committee and as the staff director of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Production and Price Competitiveness.
A graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Phillip holds degrees in journalism and history. He lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children – ages 14, 12 and 12.