Phil Drake is Founder and Chairman of Drake Enterprises, a group of 18 businesses based in Western North Carolina. The Enterprise group provides jobs to more than 450 individuals, making it one of the largest employers in the area. The company strives to demonstrate that biblical principles apply to every walk of life – including business decisions. Phil is also the Chief Technical Advisor to Drake Software, the flagship company of Drake Enterprises. He began developing tax preparation software in 1977. In 1985, Drake Software was one of the first companies to electronically file tax returns.
In 2004, the company won the IRS Modernized e-file Pioneer Award for its efforts. Drake Software also does work for Crown Financial Ministries, developing and maintaining Crown Money Map software, and Career Direct On-line. Phil and Sharon, his wife of 33 years, live in Franklin, North Carolina, near their children and grandchildren.