Category Archives: Business Leaders

Young Sawyer Howitt Plans To Revolutionize the Retail Experience

Meriwether Group is a Portland-based firm company that specializes in helping entrepreneurs accelerate the development of their businesses. David Howitt, the company’s founder, is an expert in the field of business development with an experience spanning over two decades. Since it began its operations in 2008, the Group has mentored many successful entrepreneurs among which is Sawyer Howitt, the founder’s son. Though he is barely in his 20s, the young Howitt has joined the company’s management team made up of distinguished corporate managers in the nation.

Sawyer Howitt serves as a project manager at the Meriwether Group. Under the guidance of his father, he has learned to handle the business’s financial needs and operations. Sawyer has exhibited a multifaceted skill set including customer service, data analytics, and organization. The young entrepreneur has as well indicated interested in using technology to improve business performance.

Sawyer Howitt’s vision is to transform the retail industry using, Radio Frequency Identification, RFID technology. He finds the traditional queuing at the cahier’s desk to pay for good both tedious and inefficient. The idea of the young Howitt is to develop an RFID-based checking out system that automatically bills the purchase. Besides his innovative ideas and skills, Sawyer Howitt is persevering and hardworking, a trait he gained from hiss sportsmanship. Currently, he plays at the Oregon racquetball club.

The young entrepreneur has spelled out his educational plan that will ensure he advances his career in the steps of his father. When he graduates from high school in the summer of 2017, he plans to study Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Columbia. In the Meantime, Sawyer Howitt is actively involved in community work and helping his peers achieve their dreams.

In addition to being a mentor, Sawyer Howitt is a budding philanthropist. He has worked with different charitable organizations to help champion for educational funding and women rights working. Recently Sawyer spearheaded some ethnic studies that aimed at helping troubled youths in the community. Outside his office, school and community work, he enjoys, music, photography, and fishing. Sawyer Howitt is also a great fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

The Many Titles of Clay Siegall

Living in this modern society of the 21st Century, it can sometimes feel like information overload. With so much advanced technology available, the world is literally at your fingertips. The funny thing about living in the “digital age” is that many of the people who are actually doing things to better man-kind, never seem to receive the credit that they deserve. Unfortunately if you’re not a professional athlete, movie star, and musician; you’ll surely be unknown to half of the general public. This is the case when it comes to a guy named Clay Siegall. This guy is the real deal when it comes to cancer research and he’s actually the co-founder for one of the leading Biotechnology Companies in the world. Seattle Genetics specializes in the development and commercialization of advanced breakthrough therapies. These therapies are known as (ADCs) or Antibody Drug Conjugates and they are some of the most successful cancer fighting medications on the market.

Clay Siegall’s role in this success is that he also is the company’s President and CEO. He is well known and respected thanks to his expertise. The guy is a man of many titles as well such as being a scientist, doctor, philanthropist, author, and guest speaker. The good doctor has been in the game for multiple decades that dates back to the late 80’s. The success of both Dr. Clay Siegall and Seattle Genetics has finally reached mainstream America. Earlier this year Vice President Joe Bidden stopped by company headquarters on congratulatory purposes and the company was mentioned in Forbes Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.

With so many more advanced drugs already in trial, Seattle Genetics will continue to revolutionize this industry and Dr. Clay Siegall is in full control of it all.

Eric Lefkofsky Aims High

Entrepreneur and businessmen Eric Lefkofsky is an inspiration to many people around the world. He found success at an early age, and through the years, has continued to expand his portfolio. Lefkofsky’s ventures have revolutionized the way business is done, using new technological advances that have proven to be lucrative in an often tough marketplace. Mr. Lefkofsky is the co-founder of several businesses and is a pillar of his community. His philanthropist’s projects have made a positive impact and he strives to give back through the support he gives to several foundations.

Good Examples

Eric Lefkofsky gives a great deal of credit to his upbringing in the small town of Southfield, Michigan. His father was a structural engineer and his mother a school teacher. They both were excellent examples for Eric as well as his brother, that practices law, and sister who was a teacher. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrop High School in 1987 and went on to attend the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors. After receiving his bachelor degree, he was accepted into the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Education has always been a high priority, and he continues to be involved by being an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He is also an active alumnus of the University of Michigan.

Long List of Successful Ventures

Eric Lefkofsky began his foray into the business world as a carpet salesman while attending college. After graduating from law school, he and a college friend started Brandon Apparel in Madison, Wisconsin. This adventure later inspired them to start up an internet company called Starbelly. Its success drew the attention of a company called Halo who bought it and made Lefkofsky the chief operating officer. In 2001, Eric went on to co-found InnerWorkings and was on the board of directors for a number of years. Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company that was created in 2005, has since gone public on NASDAQ. One of his biggest investments was in an online collective website called ThePoint that later changed its name to Groupon. The company became a success, and in 2013, Eric Lefkofsky became the CEO until 2015 when he took on the role of Chairman. He then co-founded Uptake, LLC in 2014 and Tempus in 2016. Tempus holds a special meaning for Eric because of his dedication to fighting cancer.

The Future is Bright

The war on cancer has begun and Eric Lefkofsky is heading the fight by co-founding Tempus, which is a technology company that specializes in cancer care. Their data based platform uses clinical and molecular analysis to help physicians make decisions on the right procedures for each individual patient. Eric wants to see a cure for cancer during his lifetime and believes it is possible with the right approach. He and his wife are philanthropists who have given to many different charitable organizations such as the Lefkofsky Foundation and The Giving People. Eric is on the board of directors of several different organizations including The Art Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Steppenwolf Theater Company, The Museum of Science and Industry, and World Business Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is a believer in the power of technology and its ability to change the world for the better.

Twitter: @lefkofsky