Honoring Two Decades of Nonprofit Service
Philip Pohlmeyer, Chief Financial Officer of JFCS of the Suncoast, announced his retirement after a forty-five-year career, including eighteen years dedicated to serving nonprofit human services organizations.
“Phil’s financial guidance has been invaluable to JFCS,” says Arthur Lerman, JFCS Interim President/CEO. “We have benefited significantly from his decision nearly twenty years ago to give up a very successful business career in order to devote himself to helping human service organizations. Phil notified us of his decision to retire this past spring. While we are sad to see him go, we understand Phil’s decision and wish him the very best.”
Born in New Jersey, Phil earned his MBA from the Rutgers University School of Professional Accounting and his CPA designation while working at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in their NYC office. He spent more than two decades in the for-profit world of manufacturing and distribution, during which his duties took him to more than 15 foreign countries.
In 2003, after his 14-year old son was diagnosed with liver cancer, Phil saw firsthand how children with cancer and their families dealt with the heartbreak and stress of life-threatening illness. Being exposed to such hardship motivated him to change careers. He left a high-level finance position to work as CFO for first one, then another human services agency in Massachusetts.
After relocating to Tampa in 2016 to care for family members experiencing health issues, Phil resumed his nonprofit career as Chief Financial/Chief Administrative Services Officer for JFCS of the Suncoast. He leads a talented team, overseeing a $10 million budget and will continue to work on a part-time basis until a new CFO is hired to ensure a smooth transition.
Phil remains active in the lives of his 3 children and 4 grandchildren, and has a genuine weakness for his 3 border collies. His JFCS colleagues and its board and volunteers wish him a relaxing retirement.