Sawyer Howitt is a young businessman who has already accomplished a great deal in both the business and philanthropic arenas. He is currently a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where he’s majoring in Entrepreneurial Finance.
Howitt is also employed as a Project Manager at the Meriwether Group, where he is gaining knowledge about entrepreneurship from his father and others engaged in helping entrepreneurs establish and grow their own brand. He performs many tasks, from taking notes at a meeting to creating complex spreadsheets. The Meriwether Group delivers services to build and promote brands, expand existing companies and various other types of assistance to new companies. Before joining the Meriwether Group, he worked with a number of executives using cutting edge technology to restructure the retail experience for consumers as well as assisting customers at Kure Juice Bar. He continues to focus on these areas at Meriwether; buying and selling conformance to ever changing technology.
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One of the projects he’s working on is using RFID technology to hasten consumers’ time spent shopping. The RFID chip is on every item in a store and it is used for tracking and cashing out. Sawyer Howitt’s goal is to find a successful way to utilize and enhance the features of this chip in order to simplify and speed up the task of shopping. He plans to accomplish this by allowing shoppers the ability to just walk out with their items and be automatically charged, bypassing cashing out. Cash registers will be completely eliminated from the process.
As Sawyer Howitt has been so successful at a young age, he is imparting his knowledge to other millenials. He advises them to work hard and efficiently, to be aggressive and show their value, in order to overcome their young age being viewed disadvantageously. Also, not to be intimidated by older, more experienced peers and to be confident, stand firm and show how they are an asset to the company. He also encourages those with an entrepreneurial spirit to dive in, as he thinks it’s a great time to invest in a startup, with business loans being easier to obtain as well as plenty of affordable office space.
Sawyer Howitt is a well rounded young man who mentors youth, participates in championing womens’ rights and spends time working with individuals on international ethnic-studies. He donates to many charities and enjoys fishing, racquetball and is an avid fan of the Portland Trailblazers.