We hire passionate, customer-focused professionals. Together we create a team capable of executing extraordinary experiences for our customers. Once hired, we join your company and become equally responsible for your event objectives, results, and success. We are in this together!
— Marka Waechter, President & CEO
 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

 
Marka Waechter President and CEO Marka came to SHW with unique experience combining travel and technology. Her vision is to build a stellar team that shares her passion for providing exceptional customer service and amazing creativity.

Marka Waechter
President and CEO

Marka came to SHW with unique experience combining travel and technology. Her vision is to build a stellar team that shares her passion for providing exceptional customer service and amazing creativity.

Lorie Thomas Senior Vice President of Event Services For more than 20 years, Lorie has designed and operated corporate events, large and small, from Seattle to Seoul. For her, each program is a delightful puzzle to be solved. 

Lorie Thomas
Senior Vice President of Event Services

For more than 20 years, Lorie has designed and operated corporate events, large and small, from Seattle to Seoul. For her, each program is a delightful puzzle to be solved. 

Alesa Cullens Director of Finance Alesa’s enthusiasm for finance keeps SHW rolling. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of the business, so each team member can execute their jobs most effectively on behalf of clients. 

Alesa Cullens
Director of Finance

Alesa’s enthusiasm for finance keeps SHW rolling. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of the business, so each team member can execute their jobs most effectively on behalf of clients. 

Brett Robertson Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brett leads the sales team from the perspective of an accountant, ensuring SHW’s clients are getting the best value for their dollar. His sense of teamwork and fun comes from his years on a competitive racing squad. 

Brett Robertson
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Brett leads the sales team from the perspective of an accountant, ensuring SHW’s clients are getting the best value for their dollar. His sense of teamwork and fun comes from his years on a competitive racing squad. 

Korrin Bizek Director of Event Operations Korrin hasn’t met an event she can’t manage. Her experience, kindness, grit, and a sense of humor makes Korrin a keeper for any project. A great leader for the SHW event management team, Korrin is a certified transportation genius. 

Korrin Bizek
Director of Event Operations

Korrin hasn’t met an event she can’t manage. Her experience, kindness, grit, and a sense of humor makes Korrin a keeper for any project. A great leader for the SHW event management team, Korrin is a certified transportation genius. 

 
 
Kim Stewart Director of Client Services Kim’s entire career has focused on corporate PR and marketing, beginning at Nordstrom. Her love of events – which calls on her poise and creativity – eventually brought her to SHW, where she oversees a team with a primary focus on large, high-profile events for Microsoft. 

Kim Stewart
Director of Client Services

Kim’s entire career has focused on corporate PR and marketing, beginning at Nordstrom. Her love of events – which calls on her poise and creativity – eventually brought her to SHW, where she oversees a team with a primary focus on large, high-profile events for Microsoft. 

Nolan Frame Manager of Business Operations Nolan combines creativity with a natural aptitude for technology to keep our business systems aligned with our vision. Nolan is involved with every aspect of the business, as he helps identify and launch best-in-class technology solutions for both internal departments and clients. 

Nolan Frame
Manager of Business Operations

Nolan combines creativity with a natural aptitude for technology to keep our business systems aligned with our vision. Nolan is involved with every aspect of the business, as he helps identify and launch best-in-class technology solutions for both internal departments and clients. 

Cheryl Barnet Sr. Manager of Site Sourcing, Housing & Registration After years in hotel sales, Cheryl joined SHW to lead the hotel sourcing team. She now oversees the teams who deal with vastly detailed complexities around meetings and events: hotel contract negotiations, creative registration solutions, and conference housing management. 

Cheryl Barnet
Sr. Manager of Site Sourcing, Housing & Registration

After years in hotel sales, Cheryl joined SHW to lead the hotel sourcing team. She now oversees the teams who deal with vastly detailed complexities around meetings and events: hotel contract negotiations, creative registration solutions, and conference housing management. 

Rita Mills Director of Customer Engagement Rita’s position at SHW combines the elements she loves most from a varied career: telling a great story, trying new things, and making connections. Rita works with a creative team who produce proposals and communications on behalf of SHW. 

Rita Mills
Director of Customer Engagement

Rita’s position at SHW combines the elements she loves most from a varied career: telling a great story, trying new things, and making connections. Rita works with a creative team who produce proposals and communications on behalf of SHW. 

Julie Keaton Director of Employee Engagement With nearly 15 years at SHW, Julie has watched the company morph from a destination management company into the full-service event agency. Her compassion and deep understanding of the company serves her well in welcoming new employees, and creating a vibrant learning program. 

Julie Keaton
Director of Employee Engagement

With nearly 15 years at SHW, Julie has watched the company morph from a destination management company into the full-service event agency. Her compassion and deep understanding of the company serves her well in welcoming new employees, and creating a vibrant learning program. 

SHW TEAM

 

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