Henry P. Thomson is the little tea importer that could. We’re a family-owned company with a passion for tea and for our customers. We prize flexibility, and we’ve been traveling around the world for more 100 years in our mission to provide the best tasting teas, blends and flavorings. We’re here to provide the best quality product and service humanly possible – and have fun doing it. That’s our cup of tea.
Meet the Team
R Donald ThomsonCEO
The son of founder Henry P. Thomson, R. Donald Thomson graduated from Princeton University in 1943 on a three-year program in order to serve in the Army. After the war, he worked in the tea division of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Mr. Thomson then joined his father in the family business and, in 1955, took over as President. He assumed the position of Chairman in 1995, at which time he turned over the day-to-day operations to Eugene Amici, his son-in-law.
Mr. Thomson was integral in the U.S. industry as consumer trends shifted, moving focus from the traditional sources of tea such as Sri Lanka and India to Argentina and China. He also served many years on the Board of Directors for the Tea Association of the USA, Inc.
Eugene joined HPT in 1984 after a career as a chemist and quality assurance manager for a medical diagnostic company in South Florida. He is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he met his future wife, Polly Thomson, the granddaughter of the company’s founder. As a former Chairman of the Tea Association of the USA, he remains active with this integral tea industry resource. In 1995, he became President of HP Thomson, overseeing all operations, procurements, and sales for the company.
John SmithVice President/CFO
Mr. Smith graduated from Georgetown University in 1989 with a degree in Languages and Political Science and received his MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2000. He interned for agricultural raw material processing firms in Argentina and Brazil. In 1989, Mr. Smith worked with Harrison Trading Co. Inc. in supply/sales of nutraceutical raw materials.
He joined HPT in 1992 and was appointed Vice President in 1995. He shares operational duties at HPT with Mr. Amici, including purchasing, sales, finance and managerial functions.
Mr. Smith actively serves the Tea Association of the USA on the Board of Directors.
Koleen KellyCompany Mom
Koleen graduated from the School of Hard Knocks, which she continues to attend. Also known as our Customer Service & AR Coordinator, Koleen supports both John and Eugene with their responsibilities. All domestic shipments that move through one of HPT’s third-party warehouses do so under Koleen’s direction. Koleen is trained in the area of tasting and analyzing tea and provides product input to client.
Kimberly KocherInbound Logistics/AP Coordinator
Kimberly graduated from Rutgers University in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. A year later, she began working at Henry P. Thomson. All tea imported into the United States is monitored by Kim, who prepares necessary documentation to provide customs clearance. Once the tea has passed FDA and customs, she assures that the containers are delivered to their final destination, whether that be a warehouse or customer’s door. Kim also handles the accounts payables for HPT and assists John in monitoring the company finances.
Dana CarusoMarketing and QA Coordinator
Dana graduated from the University of Scranton in 2011 with a degree in Marketing. She began working at Henry P. Thomson in October of that same year as a part-time employee and eventually became full-time in January of 2012. Besides providing administrative support to the office, Dana’s primary duties at HPT are to formulate, monitor and distribute information in the areas of Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Marketing.
CJ AmiciAdministrative Associate
CJ graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 with a degree in Business Management & Marketing. Right after college he started working for Xerox Corporation where he stayed for about 2 years as a Regional Sales Executive. CJ then joined Henry P. Thomson in September of 2015 as an Administrative Assistant, becoming the family’s 4th generation to join the business.
Our multigenerational family business believes in respectfully building caring, mutual connections through our passion in teas. By elevating others and serving the needs of our clients and suppliers, we enable trust and security, fostering strong, lasting relationships.