Phil Swift is an American entrepreneur, a spokesperson, and co-owner of the multi-million dollar company Flex Seal Products. He is also known for the commercials for the Flex Seal products; his energetic and comedic personality has launched him into the internet meme stardom.
Early life, family, educational background
Philip Swift was born on 3 March 1961, in Houston, Texas USA. Some sources state that he comes from a Christian family of mixed descent, but his ethnicity is Caucasian. Details regarding his parents, including their names and professions, are not publicly known, but he has two brothers named Alan and Rick Swift.
Rick is mostly unknown to the public eye and details about his occupation are not available. However, Alan is known, as he and Phil share ownership of the Flex Seal Products Company. Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s in Los Angeles was very exciting for both of the Swift brothers. Phil was apparently a good student, and particularly enjoyed studying sciences, like chemistry, which would later in his life prove to be of great value. They attended and matriculated from the same high school, after which Phil enrolled at the University of Houston, and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in business management.
In the 1980s, before he became rich or even famous, Phil worked in the marketing and direct sales field, and after some success, Phil and Alan started the company entitled Swift Response LLC, a marketing and distribution company that sold their products directly to the customers through direct purchase, television infomercials and telemarketing, internet advertising, direct acknowledgment, and also catalog distribution. It is not quite clear when ‘Swift Response’ was founded, but they’ve been operating for a some time, and are still very successful.
Phil has mentioned numerous times that he loved chemistry when he was a child, and enjoyed learning new things and experimenting. Sometime in the 2000s he came up with a new adhesive chemical compound and hoped to make it profitable. It was a pretty big leap from marketing, but the Swift brothers put their marketing skills to good use, and in 2011 they launched Flex Seal of which Phil is chief executive officer (CEO).
Flex Seal is a brand of adhesive bonding products which are based on the concept of liquid rubber, and made by Swift Response.
The formula of their products is considered top secret at the moment, but apparently they work just as well as they are advertised. However, the thing that sent Phil himself as well as his brand into the stratosphere of popularity, is the advertising for Flex Seal. All of the commercials have been done by Phil and a small group of people from the company, with his marketing genius having the chance to shine while working on this. The ideas for the commercials might seem crazy to some, but to Phil and Alan they were the perfect way to showcase their product’s worth.
From cutting a boat in half to trying the Flex Tape underwater, the commercials became wilder and more extraordinary. That alone was enough to make their company worth millions of dollars. Phil’s personality and energy were other ingredients in the advertising campaign, and the one thing that made him as popular as he is today.
In September 2017, the YouTuber Jontron made a video reviewing the Flex Tape, and the video went viral, as of mid-2021 numbering nearly 65 million. What followed was a series of YouTube videos about Flex Seal, with the internet loving his take on the subject, which turned Phil Swift into several different memes and jokes.
Nowadays Flex Tape is a household name, and a brand so popular that they sell their own merchandise. In 2013 Flex Seal became the sponsor to the NASCAR (The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) Xfinity Series team JD Motorsports. The drivers they sponsored have included Landon Cassill, Ross Chastain and Jeffrey Earnhardt. During a race in 2017, the team used Flex Seal to repair the damage on the car caused by crash; the car was driven by Garrett Smithley, who continued the race and came in eighth on the finish line.
Phil is a married man and the father of three children.
He met his future wife, Edna while the two were in university, but further details about her are not widely known to the public. They have two daughters and a son; the latter’s name is Nic, and who worked as the production assistant on the first Flex Seal commercial, and is currently working as a music producer in Los Angles. Phil has mentioned Nic in his post on social media. Phil’s daughters’ names are Medil and Ramona, but not a lot is known about them, such as their occupations and relationships.
Phil currently resides in Texas.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
Catch phrase “That’s a lot of damage!”.
Some of the items from Flex Seal’s merchandise are a cardboard cutout of Phil himself and a pumpkin carving stencil, which came out right before Halloween in 2018.
It seems that Phil’s personality has inspired a lot of people to express themselves creatively, not just through memes, but through painting and music, as well.
Phil is an avid music fan, primarily rock music. He owns a small recording studio, and has a band with some of his friends.
Phil doesn’t take himself too seriously either. He has appeared in one of JonTron’s videos, and regularly makes jokes about himself.
😲 Phil Swift out here getting armwrestling workouts in 💪 Who wants to pull @philswift.tv? #armwrestling #wal #armworkout
Appearance, clothing style
Phil is 5ft4ins (163cm) tall, weighs approximately 200lbs (90kgs), his vital statistics are 40-34-40, and his biceps size is 12ins. At 60 years of age, Phil is in good shape as he enjoys fitness and weightlifting. He has brown hair, which has turned white in recent years, and brown eyes. His hairline has receded slightly. Phil usually appears in the media wearing the same kind of outfit made up of jeans, loafers, and a t-shirt that’s tucked in.
Net worth and salary
Phil Swift’s main source of income is his and his brother’s company. Phil’s annual salary is approximately $800,000, and his net worth is estimated to be over $10 million, as of mid-2021.