About Philip Song
Since 1989, Philip Song's background has been in the field of corporate real estate. For over two decades, he has represented many companies in the relocation, expansion and other industrial real estate needs for numerous companies including Hyundai America, Samsung, Metropolitan Water District, Hyundai Construction N. America, Daewoo America, Hamilton Steel, Korean steel companies, in addition to many other corporations.
Philip Song has also been recognized by the Irvine Company as he had represented Kia Motors America in the initial debut launch in the United States.
A graduate of Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California (U.S.C. 1989), Song has been self-employed since 1996; and he is passionate about investing in people as well as in business. Song continues to have a positive impact in the developing of various entrepreneurial leaders in business.
Philip Song immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1974. Song was the Student Body Vice President of his high school and graduated in the top 20 in his class.
Song’s first job was at McDonald’s earning $3.25 an hour. He also worked at Home Depot in the building materials department. He also worked as an intern at the firm Drexel, Burnham, Lambert where Michael Milken once rose to fame. These initial experiences in the business world taught him valuable lessons which he still remembers and learns from, today.
Philip Song is also an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America having earned his honor from Troop 6060 Greater Boulder Dam Area Council in Nevada, under the leadership of Sgt. Dennis Lundberg U.S. Marine and also Denny Rey, a U.S. Air Force fighter jet pilot from Nellis Air Force Base. Song considers the years with the Boy Scouts as one of his most valuable and memorable times growing up as a young man.
At USC, Philip Song was elected as vice president of the Asian American Business Association; and eventually was elected as its president in 1988.
As president, Philip Song worked with numerous corporate management and representatives. Song also collaborated on various projects with leaders including Congressman Daniel Akaka and Senator Daniel Inouye.
It was in the year 1989 when Song met Bishop Desmond Tutu and was inspired in a personal way. It was also that same year when Song personally met with President Ronald Reagan, whom Philip Song considers to be one of his most influential inspirations as a leader and public servant.
In 1989 Song graduated USC with high honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Real Estate.
Today, Song manages and invests in business projects including real estate, retail, wholesale distribution and in the healthcare industry. Philip Song considers working with like-minded entrepreneurs to build business and people alike, as one of his passions in life. “It is a privilege to be able to work with passionate people who truly want to improve. When you surround yourself with accountable leaders who are passionate about making life better in all aspects – spiritual, personal and in commerce, work becomes joyful.”
Philip Song is also an advocate for human rights awareness in North Korea. He has been working with leaders to bring public awareness to the international community and to the platforms of the United Nations. Although this effort inevitably coincides with the hopes as well as the complex challenges of the issues concerning the reunification in the Korean Peninsula, it is Song's hope that one day, the dire situations will diminish; and the voiceless will be freed and families may be reunited.
When Song isn’t working and supporting international humanitarian causes, Philip Song’s first and foremost passion in life, are his family and church. Song is particularly proud of his wonderful wife Christine and three children who also share his passions in life. They are all students of martial arts in Tae Kwon Do. They enjoy reading, traveling abroad, listening to music/musicals, playing the piano and the violin, and enjoy sports including swimming and playing golf.
Focus on the family, a personal relationship with God, good friends and meaningful relationships are some of the things that the Song Family values very highly. Supporting friends and family, through thick and thin, is a big part. “ ‘Being there’ for both family and good friends, is what it’s all about.” Philip Song is an Ordained Deacon at his church and lives in Southern California, in the United States.