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Phil Gomes

Bloq, Inc. & Chicago Blockchain Center
Chief Communications Officer & Director of Communications, respectively
Phil Gomes’ career in the communications field is characterized by his passionate interest in technology, media, and emerging forms of communication. His approach uniquely blends the philosophies of open-source and hacker culture with best-practices in corporate communication.

As chief communications officer of Bloq, Gomes leads global communications across the company’s corporate brand, the BloqEnterprise suite, and the myriad projects that spin out of BloqLabs

Prior to joining Bloq in 2018, Gomes was a senior vice president of U.S. B2B Digital at Edelman and the leader of its blockchain center-of-excellence. During his 13-year tenure, Gomes guided the world's largest communications firm's initial explorations across two generational technology shifts in its business: social media and blockchain.

In his near-decade in Silicon Valley prior to Edelman, Phil worked with startups and enterprise companies alike, including renowned research lab SRI International. His work helped guide clients to win the Technology Pioneers Programme Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Twice.

Known for industry firsts, Gomes is widely considered to be the first PR professional to start a blog (2001) and the first to describe and demonstrate the value of blockchain technology in communications (2015). Phil also co-founded Corporate Representatives for Ethical Wikipedia Engagement (CREWE), a group of PR professionals and Wikipedians who seek to cooperate in the public interest of accurate articles about corporations and organizations.

An avid open-source supporter and enthusiast, Phil serves as the communications director for the Chicago Blockchain Center and has used Linux since 1994.