CEO and Founder
Seattle Hospitality Group
Howard Wright is an entrepreneur and executive with extensive experience in the transportation, tourism, and hospitality industries. He founded SHG in 2002 to help unlock the full potential of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic brands in those sectors. Howard is also a managing partner of the Sheraton Grand Seattle, and serves on the boards of several closely held restaurant and hotel ownership groups.
Early in his business career, Howard owned Renton Aviation, the leading global volume retailer of Cessna aircraft, and was a co-owner of Mutual Travel LLC, a business travel management advisory service with $300 million in annual gross revenue.
Howard’s extensive community involvement has centered on two other passions — his hometown of Seattle and Latin America. He is deeply involved in Seattle’s business, arts and education issues. As a board member of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce of Seattle, he represented employers by co-chairing the City of Seattle's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, which crafted the city’s phased-in $15-per-hour minimum wage law in 2013.
As a member of the Washington State University Board of Governors, Howard helped lead the University’s first $1 billion capital campaign. Mr. Wright also sits on campaigns for PATH and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He previously served on the boards of the Amigos de las Américas Foundation, the Seattle Symphony Foundation, Intiman Theatre, the U.S. Foundation for Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Vermont Academy, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, and The Children’s Discovery Foundation, which operates The Funhouse Commons on Orcas Island.
Howard Wright is a graduate of Washington State University and the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son. In his leisure time, he pursues his passion for flight, piloting vintage airplanes to fly-ins up and down the West Coast.