About TPH Displays & Specialty PackagingManagement Team

Meet the People behind our retail POP display and packaging design creativity and global resources

Phil Schmidt

Phil SchmidtPhil is the President & CEO of TPH Global and has served in this capacity since 1996. Phil joined the company in 1980, beginning his tenure in the sales department. He took the reigns of leadership prior to the retirement of his father, Aaron Schmidt, who founded the businesss as "The Packaging House" (TPH) in 1965 and who served as Chairman at that time.

Born in Chicago, Phil entered the packaging field after spending four years at Arizona State University, where he earned a BS in Marketing. While working for TPH, Phil earned an MBA from Loyola University in 1989.

Phil is been a longtime member of POPAI, Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and World Presidents' Organization (WPO). He has served on many not-for-profit boards and is a past president of Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie, Am Yisrael Congregation in Northfield, and Green Acres Country Club in Northbrook.

His sports interests range from sailing on Lake Michigan to golf, tennis, scuba diving, and high school sports officiating. He and his wife Nancy have been married for 33 years and have two children, Alison and Andrew.

David Schmidt

David SchmidtDavid joined TPH in 1993 and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. David’s primary role is to make it easy for TPH and our customers to get their product to market. David is responsible for the P/L of TPH’s operations, from design to production as well as all customer engagement activities. David’s team has developed TPH’s global supply chain built to support the global programs of our clients.

David graduated with a BS/BA in Real Estate & Finance from the University of Denver and has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is active in various not-for-profit board and leadership roles.

Prior to joining TPH, David was Regional VP for Heitman Properties Ltd, national institutional investor and manager of commercial hi-rise office, industrial, apartment, and retail properties. David was responsible for a portfolio of properties valued in excess of $1 billion.

Stephen Rose

Stephen RoseStephen serves as VP Sales for TPH. Prior to that, Stephen worked as an engineer and project manager for Zenith and in Motorola's TV division. After a brief stint in the insurance industry, Stephen was hired in 1977 as a purchasing agent by TPH founder Aaron Schmidt and then transitioned to customer sevice where he found that his strongest talents involve working with TPH clients and building new relationships for brand owners needing innovative retail POP displays and packaging solutions.

Stephen earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Chicago Technical College and enjoys playing golf and visiting the theater.

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