Linda and Larry Granat establish Seattle VIP Services. Their vision of delivering quintessential Seattle experiences with the highest service standards is the foundation of all destination management companies around the world today.
The Granats retire and local hospitality investor Howard S. Wright III purchases the Seattle VIP Services. Howard brought in additional assets in hotel and venue sourcing, corporate event services, and registration services. The resulting company became SHWorldwide.
Marka Waechter named new CEO of the Seattle Hospitality Group (SHG) overseeing event planning company SHWorldwide, motorcoach company MTR Western and Seattle downtown tour service company Emerald City Trolley. Marka previously was general manager and senior vice president at Rue La La.
Marka and John Waechter become majority partners of SHWorldwide, joining Howard Wright III and Mike Mansfield. The company name is shortened to SHW and continues on the path set by Linda and Larry nearly 40 years ago. With an eye toward innovation and service, SHW moves forward the way the Granats would: with style, heart, and panache.
“I’m pleased to spend the rest of my career in a dream job as captain of the SHW ship, working with the most extraordinary team. We’re steering ahead for the next 40 years!”
— Marka Waechter
SHW is committed to being the best-in-class provider of creative, high-impact meeting and event experiences for the world’s leading organizations. We hire the top talent in the industry and leverage our deep industry connections, bold creativity and world-class project management expertise to delight attendees and deliver winning business results for our clients.
Dedicated and passionate
Innovative and willing to share bold ideas
Determined to do things right and to do the right thing. Always.