Our Team

A native Houstonian, Tom Schmidt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/International Politics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Tom has been investing in and founding private companies for 17 years. In his law practice, he represents clients in investor, shareholder, and partnership disputes, so he has extensive experience looking at deals and the way they can go wrong. Mr. Schmidt currently serves as general counsel and a director of several companies.
Rita Karpel
Rita Karpel is a seasoned industry professional with more than 30 years of experience raising capital, building books of business, generating revenue, PR, IR, managing sales, marketing, strategic alliances/partners, operations, executive radio producer, TV, business development and event planning for high profile and boutique financial institutions, planners and brokers. She formerly held a Series 3 license and worked as a futures broker. The past 10 years, Rita has been consulting for various industries. Rita brings an extensive network of deals and contacts to the Ticker Tape team.