BURLESON STRONG begins
Alex Philips isn’t just a city of Burleson employee – he’s an enthusiast!
By BEN TINSLEY
BURLESON – One of the most telling things about Alex Philip’s values (and his system of organization) is that he cooked a delicious steak dinner for his wife, Kristy, and 9-year-old daughter, Madison, in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Here’s the catch: To avoid the mayhem of local crowds, Philip treated his family to the entire Valentine’s Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 11 – roughly four days early.
It was a fantastic experience, he said.
“They deserve that kind of attention every day,” he said to a Burleson Star reporter. “ … I cooked them dinner – steak, mashed potatoes, carrots and homemade peach cobbler – and created my own Valentine’s Day cards.”
Philip, 39, is the city of Burleson’s economic development manager.
He is the first city of Burleson employee to be profiled in “Burleson Strong,” this ongoing series that focuses on the spirit of the people who drive the city forward.
Each “Burleson Strong” print story will be accompanied a few days later by an extended film version of the same interview.
While his cooking skills came from his mother, Alice Swanson, he said his values in general were imparted to him by his entire family. His father is the late Monty Philip.
“I value family quite a bit, and am passing that along to my daughter,” Philip said.
Philip said he is a fifth or sixth generation Texan, but only a first generation Burleson resident. He loves it here and does not foresee a circumstance in which he or his family would ever move.
“I don’t think we’ll ever be any other place,” he said.
While Philip isn’t sure why his family moved to Burleson when he was younger, he is absolutely positive why they stayed.
“We were embraced by the community,” he said.
During Philip’s time with the city, he has worked as engineering development coordinator, economic development coordinator and is now the economic development manager.
In that role, Philip said he is one person on a very strong team.
“We are all on the same page,” he said. “… My theme is ‘team.’ As long as we are working together for one common goal – to make Burleson the best place possible to live and play – that’s our common goal.”