RCAP Hall of Fame - Phillip Fishburn
Phillip Fishburn has been a Technical Assistance Provider at Midwest Assistance Program for over 20 years, all the while providing exceptional technical assistance to utility systems, mentoring staff, advising management, advocating for regulatory change, and promoting regionalization. He has been quick to advise and participate in innumerable committees, programs, councils, and boards whenever the need arises. He exhibits a genuine concern for the rural systems he has dedicated his life to preserving and assisting. His assistance to fellow staff members knows no bounds when sharing information, tools, resources, guidance, and advice that only come with a lifetime of experience, dedication to his work, and a passion to ensure that everyone is able to provide the best possible service to communities. He is a subject matter expert on management, utility rates, environmental reports, and emergency response procedures. As his nominator noted, he remains the reliable visionary he has always been. His long standing accomplishments and impact have been far reaching, establishing a standard that is a model and goal for everyone around him. “He has the perfect temperament for balancing the caring, teaching, and nurturing approach needed for the numerous challenges small rural systems face, while remaining firm that regulatory and operational requirements are met. His humble, unassuming, and mirthful manner mixed with a focused determination puts all he interacts with at ease.” He has developed a wealth of training materials, manuals, and templates over the years and shows no sign of letting up in any of his activities. There is so much more to be said about this outstanding individual who has devoted his life to rural communities in his state and region but let's stop here and congratulate Phillip Fishburn as an inductee to the RCAP Hall of Fame.