SMA Founder, Philip Schwalb, shows NHL Hall of Famer, Pat LaFontaine, museum renderings.
Philip Schwalb, Founder & CEO|
Philip Schwalb is Founder & CEO of the Sports Museum of America and has been since the museum's inception.
In 2001, Mr. Schwalb first envisioned the opportunity for a national, collaborative museum of sports. Since that time he has overseen all
aspects of the project, from concept phase to the securing of $100 million in public and private financing.
Mr. Schwalb has over twenty years of management experience primarily in the sports and entertainment industries.
Immediately prior to founding the Sports Museum of America, Mr. Schwalb managed TPC, Inc., a diverse holding company, for the Kennedy-Schlossberg family.
In his role at TPC, Mr. Schwalb spent a significant amount of time working with ESI Design, a 40-person, full-service museum design firm run by Dr. Edwin Schlossberg.
Prior to that, as COO of Centerprise Information Solutions, Mr. Schwalb was an integral member of the executive team responsible for making Centerprise the 9th
fastest growing technology company in Dallas, TX (according to the Dallas Business Journal). Mr. Schwalb was later instrumental in negotiating the sale of Centerprise
to a group of companies led by GE Capital (1998-2000).
Mr. Schwalb has also demonstrated the ability to build new businesses from the initial stages into high-growth industry leaders and nationally recognized firms.
As Senior VP of Business Operations and Marketing, he helped SSYH Software become Florida's 14th fastest growing private company, as ranked by Deloitte & Touche and the
Wall Street Journal (1996-1998). Mr. Schwalb has special expertise in developing and managing location-based entertainment operations. This includes his role as Executive Director
overseeing all aspects of the Community Club, a not-for-profit entertainment, arts and cultural events center in New York City (1994-1996), and his tenure as Senior Vice President
overseeing all business operations for a professional sports franchise averaging over 12,000 fans per game.
He was an officer of the Arena Football League (AFL) and Chairman of the League's Legal and Business Affairs committee (1991-1993). While at the League Mr. Schwalb helped negotiate a
league-wide national broadcast package with ESPN, as well as agreements with local television and radio broadcast affiliates and significant local and national corporate sponsorships,
including Coca-Cola, US Airways and Gatorade.
At Star Partners, the motion picture finance firm that served as the exclusive provider of private (non-studio) funding for films including Thelma and Louise, Rain Man and A Fish Called Wanda (1988-1991),
Mr. Schwalb managed operations and marketing and executed joint venture agreements with a variety of entertainment firms including MGM Studios. He served as a managing executive at Time Warner's Court TV/American
Lawyer Media (1986-1988).
Mr. Schwalb received his B.A with honors from Duke University and a J.D. while on academic scholarship at Emory University.