In Memory: Phil Halcomb of David Allen Company
Phil Halcomb joined the David Allen Company in 1986 with a more than 25-year successful track record in the industry. Phil operated his own tile company in Santa Cruz, Ca., for nearly 20 years before joining David Allen Company as Vice President and first manager of the Washington, DC Branch. With exceptional skills at building relationships and a strong commitment to service, he quickly became the dominant tile, marble, and terrazzo contractor in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Phil’s passion was golf, and he was a master at building relationships with customers who valued his emphasis on customer service first. Those same relationships were valuable when he initiated the annual David Allen Company Invitational Golf Tournament which has generated more than one million dollars over the last 20 years. The proceeds of these tournaments have been donated to charitable causes. Although Phil had taken a lesser role in his company responsibilities, this year’s tournament was the most successful David Allen Company Invitational in the series, raising more than $140,000 for Paralyzed American Veterans.
Because of Phil’s driven and focused efforts to always achieve a better result, every day, David Allen Company Vice President Chris Walker said “Few people have I met who lived as full a life as Phil Halcomb did. His incredible fortitude, love of life, ‘fighting the good fight,’ and being a 110 percent guy, are the lessons from Phil that I value.”
Martin Howard, David Allen Company’s Executive Vice President remembers Phil as a man of principle and charm. Martin says “Phil maintained a positive attitude throughout his life regardless of the challenges, but because of the challenges he faced and how he overcame them, he inspired all who knew him and made a lasting impression on all who met him.”
David Allen Company Chairman Robert Roberson said “Phil has been a valued friend and a very important part of David Allen Company’s success during his 30 years of commitment, and we will miss him.”
Halcomb touched many people in the industry and around the country. Ed Metcalf, President North America of LATICRETE International, Inc., said, “Phil Halcomb was beloved by many in the tile industry. Always smiling and joking, he always engaged with everyone else in the room. His generosity and loyalty to friends is legendary. In business and in life he was driven to succeed and to overcome any obstacles he encountered. A passionate golfer, Phil adapted to the loss of both legs and actually became a better player. I will miss Phil greatly, but he will always be an inspirational figure to me and to all who truly knew him.”
A statement from Robert Trent Jones Golf Club said it “extends its heartfelt condolences” and “deepest sympathy” to the family and friends of Phil Halcomb, who passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Manassas, Va.
A Celebration of a Life Well Lived was held Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3p.m. – 5p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, 1 Turtle Point Drive, in Gainesville, Va.