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Phil Hovatter

Phil Hovatter: Founder, Chief Technical Officer, and Co-Owner


Phil founded Data Designs (as it was called then) in June 1988, building the business to a level that allowed Sandy to quit traveling as a project consultant and join him in the business full-time a year later. His degree in psychology is supplemented by work toward a second degree in computer science. While Sandy handles the management side of the business, Phil serves as our Chief Technical Officer.

Favorite Movies: Jerry Maguire, Lord of the Rings trilogy

Interesting Tidbits: Played in the 1973 World Pinball Championship. Danced the merengue with Charo on a cruise in 1998.

Other Interests: All things tea – he blogs about it here.

And in his free time…Phil leads Bible studies regularly and loves to travel. Cruises are his favorite way to travel, but even a weekend in Chicago will do! Love those Chicago style hotdogs!

Contact Phil: call – 419-660-0500; email –

Fun Pictures

Phil in Haiti

(A much younger) Phil takes horse ride up to the Citadel in Haiti.

Phil and His Grouper Buddy

Phil with his grouper buddy at the Hotel Atlantas in Nassau.

Seafood Salad on MSC Cruise

Now that's a seafood salad! Lunch is served on our MSC cruise. I loved it!