Magazine article Variety

Business Manager Seamlessly Combined Work and Family Life

Magazine article Variety

Business Manager Seamlessly Combined Work and Family Life

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As founder and managing partner of Philpott Bills Stoll & Meeks, Bob Philpott had an enviable client list, featuring such heavy-hitters as producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer and Dick Wolf.

He was responsible for the firm's business management work, overseeing the wealth, career and lives of some of America's most accomplished entertainment industry pros.

But by all accounts the most remarkable thing about Philpott, who died in March at the age of 66, was his ability to make anyone, no matter how rich or poor, feel important.

"Right after he passed away, a gardener of one his clients sent an email to someone (at the firm) saying, in broken English, 'He made all of us feel like the most special people in the world,'" says his son Aaron, who was named a partner in PBSM in January.

Naturally, there were questions of who would handle Bob Philpott's clients in the wake of his death. But because he had installed system where a team of four to eight business managers worked on each account, the transition was seamless. …

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