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Oct 24, 2019

John Callos Retired Phillips Industries Sales Executive, Passes Away

John Callos Retired Phillips Industries Sales Executive, Passes Away

Santa Fe Springs, CA (October 24, 2019) John Callos, retired Phillips Industries’ sales executive, passed away October 15, 2019.

Callos spent more than 20 years at Phillips Industries retiring as vice president of sales and marketing in 1999. Throughout his tenure with the company, Callos left a strong impression with everyone he encountered – employees, customers, and industry colleagues. His presentations were legendary.

In his tribute to Callos, Rob Phillips, president and COO began, “On Tuesday, we lost another legend in our industry… John Callos was a true maverick. ‘One of a kind’ was an understatement, and the mark he left on Phillips after more than 20 years of service to our company still shows up in what we do today. He was larger than life and will be truly missed.” See the full memorial here.

Outside his position with Phillips Industries, Callos worked as an advisor to the President of the United States for the original drafting of the NAFTA Agreement. He was actively engaged with the leadership of the Port of Long Beach. Callos was on the Board of the Aquatics Capital of America and actively working to have the Olympics swimming and diving events held in Long Beach in 2028. Callos is survived by his son, John Callos, Jr., and daughter, Jennifer.

About Phillips Industries

Since 1928, Phillips Industries has been recognized as a leading innovator and manufacturer of advanced electrical and air brake system components, as well as electronic solutions for communicating vehicle data to fleets and their drivers for the commercial truck and trailer industry. Phillips’ products are standard on nearly 100% of Class 8 trucks, more than 50% of all trailers manufactured in North America, and can be purchased at virtually all premium distributors. Phillips has manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, China, and Europe. Phillips maintains active membership in key industry associations including American Trucking Association, SAE, Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association and various state trucking associations. Their manufacturing facilities have earned the top-quality accreditations including ISO/IATF 16949 and ISAO 14001 as well as multiple prestigious customer awards from Daimler, NAPA, and many others. Visit for more information.