As a Project Manager at Meriwether Group, Sawyer Howitt gets to rub elbows with entrepreneurs every day. Meriwether Group is a company based in Portland, Oregon that is built around supporting entrepreneurs, which they call the heroes of the business world. The company provides business accelerator services such as brand building, sourcing and manufacturing, international expansion, and a host of other business to business services.
In addition to its headquarters in Portland, Meriwether Group also maintains an office in San Francisco. This allows the company to keep abreast of the latest developments in the technology industry as well as more easily work with tech companies in Silicon Valley. The company is led by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, David Howitt. David was a longtime employee of adidas where he started as a provider of corporate counsel and was eventually named as the Vice President of Licensing and Business Development. Along with his wife, Heather, he was also the co-founder of Oregon Chai which is a popular line of chai tea that they founded in 1994. Under his leadership, the company achieved sales of more than $15 million in 2000 and was successfully sold to Kerry Group in 2004.
Sawyer Howitt’s role as a Project Manager is to serve as an advisor on business development for businesses both large and small. He also works with the executives at Meriwether Group as he provides innovation in the emerging technology of RFID checkout at retail stores. His expertises include developing Excel spreadsheets and developing effective business presentations.