What I like most about living/working in Peoria: It is safe and affordable for retirement. We searched for two years looking for a place to retire. Westbrook Village met all my needs with facilities for golf, tennis, woodshop club, bridge and many more activities. Peoria also has easy access to medical facilities and a local government that responds to residents’ needs.
Professional highlights: Vice President of a manufacturing company making bedspreads and draperies, selling to major retailers all over the country. I sold to Sears, JC Penney and WT Grant, among others. I was with the company 36 years.
What do you think you bring to the local community that makes it better?: I think that I have been a good citizen to the community. In my active years, I volunteered with the local food bank, as well as ushered at both Symphony Hall and the Herberger Theater.
What would you tell people about why it’s important to make a difference?: I would tell residents to take more interest in local activities and learn more about Arizona and what the state has to offer. We have so many snow birds who do not participate. We have to reach out to them and bring them into the fold.
Changes I’d like to see in this area: As far as changes go, the schools need more money, the city needs a greater police presence, and continued good work in public parks and biking/hiking trails.
My family (what have they taught you): My family has taught me in many ways to be an involved citizen, a moral person with no prejudices, to live within my means and to help my fellow man.
My interests and hobbies: Due to poor health, my interests and hobbies have been greatly limited. I was an avid bridge player, golfer and tennis player. In my youth, it was fishing and skiing. I have been the president of several clubs in Westbrook Village.
My advice to today’s youth: My advice to today’s youth is that not every student is college material. We need people trained in the trades, professions such as plumbing, electrical and carpenters to name just a few fields.
Name a couple future goals: Being 95 years of age my immediate goal is to get to 96.
Philip Haldiman is a third generation Arizona native with brief residencies on the east and west coasts.
He has bachelor’s degrees in Theater and Journalism at Arizona State University, and is an award winning journalist with more than a decade’s worth of experience in reporting and editing.
Most recently, he was honored for excellence in education reporting 2020 from the Arizona School Public Relations Association.
In his free time, he produces an autobiographical comic book about his time spent in Hollywood and his life as a cult film star.