About Us

Who We Are

A.O. Phillips & Associates (AOP) is a Management Consultant Firm that provides effective and innovative solutions for our clients in the public and private sector.  Our management advisory services, strategic sourcing, and technical support capabilities maximize productivity and profitability for our clients.  Completed engagements span from assisting clients to achieve regulatory sourcing compliance mandates for local, state, and federal projects to providing technical service evaluations.  AOP employs Executive Consultants, Architects and Engineers with industry leading experience across multiple business sectors.

Our Certifications

City of Houston: DBE; MBE

State of Texas: HUB

Port Authority of Houston: SBE

Metro: SBE


What begins as a compliance initiative for our clients often leads to an expanded vendor supply chain, yielding overall cost benefits for our partners.

-Ryan K. Phillips, Managing Partner, A.O. Phillips & Associates, LLC

Meet The Team

Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
Certified Fraud Examiner

Bachelor of Business Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Other Activities
Board member, Houston MD Anderson YMCA
FT Bend County, Arbitration Land Commissioner (Appointee)

Managing Partner

Currently Ryan Phillips is the Managing Partner & President of A.O. Phillips & Associates in Houston, TX. During his tenure, Ryan has overseen the transformation of AOP’s client consulting engagement process and assisted in the expansion of the firm’s service offerings to multiple new clients.

For more than 20 years Ryan has built a wealth of experience providing executive management/clients with objective analysis of key management functions to improve business processes, safeguard assets, and increase profitability.

Ryan has extensive consulting and internal audit experience having served in management roles at KPMG & Halliburton previously in his career. Audits/process reviews were conducted in over 18 different countries including Malaysia, Venezuela & Kuwait. Engagements varied from traditional accounting function reviews to complex construction operational assessments.

Project Manager

Joseph Smith started with AOP more than a decade ago and has since been a catalyst in increasing the HUB and DBE participations for several clients which include TxDOT, Midtown TIRZ, and the Texas General Land Office. He has been a consultant to over 300 subcontractors as to their potential, development, and ultimate success, leading to subcontractors acquiring over six-hundred million dollars in contract awards.

Joseph began his career, over 35 years ago, working in the nuclear industry for Bechtel Power Corp. in the areas of engineering supervision, contract administration, and field design. He has since worked for multiple general contractors, State of Texas agencies, and has owned and operated his own architectural plan review and inspection firm. His expertise includes project management, estimating, and community outreach.

Bachelor of Science in Construction, Eastern Michigan University
Advanced Mathematics, University of Texas @ Austin

Director of Technical Services

Andrew Earles started his career with A.O. Phillips & Associates in 2003.  During his tenure, Andrew has assisted in the expansion of the firm’s service offerings and addition of multiple new clients. Andrew began his career in with Hatfield Crookless Architects, in Dallas, TX. Prior to A.O. Phillips, Andrew served as a Construction Manager with Trammell Crow Company in the Houston area and a nation-wide Project Manager with Sysco Foods, Inc.

Andrew has established an excellent rapport with previous clients by paying meticulous attention to deliverables and his ability to solve complex project challenges. For more than 25 years Andrew has built a wealth of experience completing construction projects (large and small) and providing business development to Texas’ Small, Minority, Woman-Owned, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SMWDBE) community.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Associate

Bachelor of Architecture – B. Arch Prairie View A&M University
Master of Administration (MBA) – Texas Woman’s University

Diversity Program Mission

  • To assist entities in realizing the benefits of implementing a Small Business Program
  • To increase the level of Small Business awareness, participation and contract awards
  • To increase Small Business’ abilities to successfully complete their work, prosper and grow
  • To assist Small and Disadvantaged businesses acquire SDBE certifications in order to maximize opportunities for continued growth

Core Values


We do the job right the first time.


We believe in the tremendous power of working together.


We continuously seek more effective and efficient solutions.


We adapt to and manage change effectively.


We maintain the highest level of honesty and integrity in all that we do.


We strive to stay deeply committed to our mission, our values and our clients.