Phyllis Kern, 2019 Inductee
Phyllis has been a visibly prolific volunteer in Fountain Hills since she moved here in 1983, putting a lot of time, effort, and money into bettering the community. In her professional life, she has been one of the most successful realtors in the Arizona real estate market for over 35 years, being named Business Person of the Year in 1995. D her ownership of the Phylician Bed and Breakfast, she had 24 delegations from China visit Fountain Hills. Later, she led a group of 21 residents to China for a 15-day tour.
As a community builder and volunteer, she has conducted fundraisers for the Town and brought in events such as the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Fourth of July fireworks and related events, the Chinese Lantern & Folk Festival,Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving Day Parade (with the Chamber of Commerce), Arch’s Chili Cook Off, Back the Badge event, Mitch Silver Car Auction, and Balloon Glow. She has been a leader in attracting people in Fountain Hills and out of towners to participate in these events, putting Fountain Hills on the map for terrific events.
To augment these events, Phyllis purchased the Wenger ShowMobile, a mobile stage with sound and lighting. In addition to being used for these events, it is also used by numerous churches, civic organizations, and private parties.
Phyllis has also been involved in the creation of the Skate Park, chaired the Circle of Peace Sculpture for the RMS Realtor Group, served on the Plat 208 Board, helped MCO Properties get Firerock Country Club approved by Town Council, and has attempted to get a movie theater in town for 20 years (still a work in progress). She is a former member of the Elks Lodge and was a trustee, is currently a member of Fountain Hills Kiwanis, and a 30-year member of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church where she’s served as a deacon for the last three years.