Bios

Merit Wish & Ron Phillips


Merit Wish is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College where she majored in English. Following next to the footsteps of founder Deanna Wish, Merit entered the home furnishings business. She first developed a line of hand painted children’s furnishings and accessories all produced in the USA. Merit worked closely with the Tigerrags division of the company. She developed the “Velcro split” that enables our Tigerrag rugs to maintain their carefree wash ability regardless of size. Today, Merit Wish functions as owner and designer at Wish Designs.


Ron Phillips joined the Wish Designs family in 2011. He is a graduate of Robert Morris University where he obtained a degree in Business. Ron Phillips comes from a 25-year background in management and IT. He has worked with UPS and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Ron Phillips is also retired Air Force having completed 25 years of active duty and reserves. Ron is Operations and IT/Telephony Manager.


Founder, Deanna Wish, (1941-2010) was the embodiment of the term entrepreneur. She was a graduate of Youngstown State University. She majored in English and through a graduate assistantship funded the startup of Wish Designs.

Deanna was an early proponent of the Amish country movement. In its onset the business also offered Amish made quilts. The rug division Tigerrags, was started in the early days; another product line that Deanna lifted from humble country settings and reconstructed to fit our modern, contemporary world. She was a driving force that brought the bentwood style rocker from country porches to the international market. Deanna Wish was responsible for the creation of many of the bentwood designs of dining, living and occasional furniture seen in the market today.

Deanna Wish was creative in areas outside of home furnishings, furniture and lighting. In addition to owner and designer at Wish Designs she had worn the titles of executive assistant, gift buyer, college English research teacher, D.J., chairman and Rotarian.