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David Howitt (entrepreneur)

David Marc Howitt (born August 8, 1968) is an American business consultant. He is the founder and CEO of Meriwether Group[1] and co-founder of Oregon Chai. He has provided business advice to various companies.[2][3] Howitt was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the 40 most influential business leaders under the age of 40[4]

David Howitt
Born (1968-08-08) August 8, 1968 (age 50)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materDenison University
OccupationBusinessman, Business consultant, Founder and CEO of Meriwether Group
Spouse(s)Heather Howitt
Websitehttps://meriwethergroup.com

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Early lifeEdit

Howitt was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the eldest child of Dennis W. Howitt and Leslie C. Vandenhoot. Howitt received his education at Lakeside Elementary School and East Grand Rapids Middle School. He then attended East Grand Rapids High School, where he was an all state football player. He graduated with academic and athletic honors in 1986. Following high school, David attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he received a bachelor of arts, a major in Political Science and minor in Philosophy.[5]

He completed a one-year Law Clerk internship at Winston & Strawn in Chicago following Denison before moving to Portland, Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. He was listed there on the Moot Court Honor Board. He passed the Bar and received his J.D & Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law in 1994.[6]

CareerEdit

Following Law School, Howitt took a position as an Associate Attorney for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in downtown Portland and later as Corporate Counsel for adidas America.[6] Later he served as Vice President of Licensing and Business Development, overseeing a licensing portfolio and arranging acquisitions for several companies, including TaylorMade and Salomon.[7][8]

In 1994, Howitt co-founded Oregon Chai, a company which sold tea, with his wife, Heather Howitt.[9] In 2004, the Howitts sold the company,[10] and founded Meriwether Group (MWG),[11] an advisory and business acceleration firm.[12] Meriwether consists of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and lawyers, (Perkins Coie, Schwabe Wiliamson and Wyatt).[13] The Meriwether Group members advise companies about licensing, distribution, brand development, as well as mergers and acquisitions.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Howitt is author of the book, Heed Your Call[20] published by Simon & Schuster in 2014[21] and founder of the Heed Your Call – Fulfill Your Journey Entrepreneurship Program.[22] In 2014 he was invited to speak about his book on Good Morning America.[23] He spoke at TEDxHollywood in August 2014.[24]

CommunityEdit

Howitt served as Chair of the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center from 2009 – 2013.[25] He also served on the board of The Freshwater Trust, beginning in 2004, the Portland Parks Foundation, 2005 – 2007, and Waterwatch of Oregon, 2004 – 2006.

RecognitionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bike Gallery chain transitions to new owners." By Matthew Kish, KATU. Nov 30, 2012.
  2. ^ Kish, Matthew. "Deal makers The Meriwether Group preserve the 'secret sauce'". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  3. ^ Onstad, Chris. "How to Make Your Million". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Forty Under 40". American Registry. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  5. ^ "DAVID M. HOWITT '90". Denison University Alumni. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b PITKIN, JAMES. "Oregon's ailing economy needs a boost. How about hemp?". Willamette Week. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Adidas to expand Valley Apparel ties". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Jobs Watch: Hemp for the masses". Oregon Business. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  9. ^ MELTZER, ERIC. "CEO David Howitt and the Journey for Purpose and Meaning". CreativeLive Blog. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Irish company buys Oregon Chai". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Voodoo Doughnut hopes to woo Asia with hipster pastries like the "Old Dirty Bastard"". Quartz (publication). Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  12. ^ Kish, Matthew. "Changes loom as Pendleton Woolen Mills teams up with Meriwether Group". The Business Journals. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  13. ^ Kish, Matthew. "High-powered private equity executive joins Meriwether". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  14. ^ Kish, Matthew. "Changes loom as Pendleton Woolen Mills teams up with Meriwether Group". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  15. ^ McGrain, Maureen. "Bishops expanding its colorful roots". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  16. ^ Siemers, Erik. "Behind the Dave's Killer Bread Deal". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  17. ^ Kish, Matthew. "Quirky Laughing Planet sold". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Heeding your call". Denison University. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Manduka Llc acquires yogitoes Inc, Meriwether Group advises". Venture Capital Post. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Review: Heed Your Call". Public Intelligence Blog. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  21. ^ "The spirit of entrepreneurship and personal journey". Lewis & Clark Law School. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  22. ^ Mortenson, Eric. "Small business: growing fast, but staying true". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  23. ^ 'Heed Your Call': Advice to Find Your Purpose Go.com
  24. ^ "Repair the World and Abundance Will Follow". TEDxTalks. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Advisory Council". Lewis & Clark Law School. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  26. ^ "Forty Under 40". The American Registry. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  27. ^ "20 People To Watch In 2008". The American Registry. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  28. ^ "ALUMNI CITATIONS 2015 Honorees". Denison University. Retrieved 16 November 2015.

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