Philip Lurie grew up in South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1977.
In 1978, he qualified as a Canadian Chartered Accountant and for two years, served as a controller to a large chain of furniture stores in Toronto. That same year, Lurie and a friend started a communications company in Toronto and grew the company into the largest telex/facsimile company in the world with eight franchisees in Canada and two in Italy.
Lurie moved with his family to La Jolla in 1989 and bought into a small commercial printing company with a partner and grew the business 15 fold. Lurie has invested in commercial real estate and start up companies over the last 40 years.
Lurie has supported a number of charities, including the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club for many years. Additionally, Lurie has served as a major sponsor of the Museum of Making Music (MOMM) for the last eight years. Lurie was on the board of Junior Achievement for five years and a Vistage member for 14 years. He loves learning and teaching the game of business.