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Member Spotlight: PHILIP AUERBACH '81

Founder, Auerbach International, Inc.

After graduating from Thunderbird in 1981, Philip Auerbach was very proud to be one of twenty North Americans ever to have worked in Bophuthatswana. Derided as a “homeland” of South Africa during the apartheid era, “Bop” was the only of these four countries truly to have fostered its own political and economic independence. One day, he plans to write his first-hand experiences to counter Wikipedia’s and South Africa’s propaganda and distortions. If interested, readers can request a short PDF summary now. Currently, “Bop” is again part of South Africa and doing far worse under its ANC Government rule.

After returning to the U.S., he was offered a job as an international programs manager at a now-defunct non-profit in San Francisco. There he met his ex-wife, to whom he was married for 27 years. Together they have a daughter, Aria, who’s now 29 and getting her MBA.

In San Francisco, since 1990, Philip has run Auerbach International, Inc., a firm that expands businesses (as well as non-profits and Governments) into countries and cultures. Primarily this is through award-winning, professional, and technical translations from or into 80 languages and into at least 30 subject specialties.

His firm also identifies prospective country markets and strategies to enter them. With an e-mail list of over 13,000, his firm welcomes T-bird authors to write articles for its World-Quest e-magazine. They would join a professional network of globalists for a new venture that bring international business insights to young and neophyte companies.

Over the many years, Philip studied eight languages, and still practices French and Japanese. He has traveled to and absorbed the cultures of 53 countries, some with multiple visits.

Happily single again, Philip now lives on “an island in the Pacific,” otherwise known as Alameda, located next to Oakland in San Francisco Bay. From a great apartment two blocks from the warmest beach in the area, he greatly enjoys biking around the island’s flat 8 miles; relishes its cultural gems such as the local opera company, arts centers, and community theaters; and hikes in nearby redwood forests.

Philip is on two local non-profit boards, and produces local public performances, such as concerts and a sword-swallowing mentalist. He also enjoys giving the gift of master pianist soirees for as many friends as can fit into his living room. Philip frequently travels  to nationwide conferences and to family visits in his native Philadelphia. He still possesses the T-bird mentality, recently returning from three  weeks in Eastern Europe and London, and plans to return to East Asia in late 2017 or 2018. 

Philip can be contacted here. You can also connect with him via TIAA's online alumni platform

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Special thanks to Spotlight Editor, Liz Peck '15, Team TIAA Volunteer Leadership, Spotlight Chair

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