Leading family business Momentum Telecom—and launching a private equity firm—keep Liz Featheringill Pharo on the move
Born in Birmingham, graduated The Altamont School and Birmingham-Southern College (computer science); recent MBA from University of North Carolina.
Mother Carolyn Featheringill taught law at Cumberland School of Law for 24 years; one grandmother was a chemist; the other taught school for 40 years. “Growing up I never thought gender bias was a real thing.”
FIRST CAREER STOP
Writing software—like the then-revolutionary training program for SuccessEHS [Cloud-based EMR]. “I implemented the product—which trained multiple people in multiple locations simultaneously—and transitioned into management.”
Hiring Bill Fox as Momentum CEO and, later, Chuck Piazza as Senior Sales Executive. “I trust him [Fox] and Chuck is awesome, really changing the way we sell.”
The Jemison Award from Birmingham Venture Club. “I grew up in a household where nothing better could happen to a person in the world than to win this award. I was so excited and so surprised.”
“My dad [the late Bill Featheringill, a leading Birmingham entrepreneur] always talked about us working together. I feel like I was in an entrepreneurship class from the age of 3.”
“Taking over Momentum Telecom [a hosted voice, broadband services and unified communications provider] and EHS [now sold] was challenging but I felt a strong desire to continue creating jobs and providing good returns for investors. My father took such pride in those things–and that’s the guy I grew up with in my ear.”
“How I balance? I get up around 5:30 and work out before the kids wake up. Technology allows me to check email at their sporting events. I can do a phone call while I’m out running or a conference call in the car so then I can be totally there for the kids.”
ON HER HORIZON
Featheringill Capital, a private equity firm “looking to buy three to five businesses in the next five to 10 years.” Also helping start a bank.