Who We Are
Marc and Sara Schiller are both founders of Wooster Collective and MEET. MEET which is a private venue for meetings and events, emerged from the shared experiences of the couple, who realized that there was a need for meeting expertise to produce creative business meetings for executives. The company has revolutionized the corporate meetings industry by offering full-service creative spaces for clients.
At MEET clients gather to re-invent their business, re-design a product, or pitch potential business. Over the course of nine years MEET has hosted hundreds of clients and has garnered repeat business through unbelievable service and certainty that every little detail has been covered.
MEET is the meeting solutions company. The story began in 2008 when MEET at the Apartment opened as the City's first luxury, full-service dedicated meeting space. Due to popular demand, MEET on Chrystie opened its doors in the fall of 2014, followed by a penthouse and private rooftop at MEET on Bowery in 2016. In summer 2017 the most recent MEET location opened in the heart of SoHo.
Sara and Marc also found Wooster Collective in 2001, which showcases and celebrates ephemeral art placed on streets around the world. The Collective’s mission is to discover and document authentic art experiences via book publishing, salons, lectures, gallery shows, and online since 2003.
The website showcases images, videos, and descriptive comments documenting new and interesting street art, events, and other news, as well as navigational tools for searching the site's voluminous archive. In 2006, Wooster Collective organized "11 Spring" one of the most significant exhibitions of street art ever at an abandoned building in downtown New York.
"11 Spring" was chosen by the the New York Times as one of the top art exhibitions of the year. As a global voice for street art, the Schillers have spoken at the Tate Modern, Design Indaba and The New Museum. In 2013, Wooster Collective celebrated its 10th year anniversary of the website.
The Schillers have published many books and in 2010 released “Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art” with TASCHEN. They have been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Good Magazine, among other notable publications.
Via Wooster Collective, the two share a passion for urban contemporary art, which has been incorporated into each of the MEET spaces. Sara and Marc have also been making wine in New York City for decades. This wine focus influenced MEET’s signature complimentary wine and cheese prior to meetings.
Sara, who is a small town girl, is the co-founder and President of MEET and Wooster Collective.
In 2015, Sara co-launched MEET Design Studio which provides meeting space consultation and installation services to clients. The goal is to bring the client’s brand to life through art and design while keeping functionality at the forefront.
Previously to starting MEET, Sara spent eight years at Starwood Hotels, most recently as the SVP of Real Estate Marketing. While at Starwood, she worked on the brand positioning for all nine brands including W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton and St. Regis. Prior to Starwood, Sara worked as a management consultant developing the strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Her clients included United Airlines, MasterCard, TXU, Discovery and Spencer Stuart.
Sara holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in Finance and Marketing and received her Bachelors from Bowdoin College.
Let's get to know Sara a bit better.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? The people. It’s a big melting pot of built in entertainment people watching.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? I love the period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum. They have rebuilt entire homes and rooms inside the museum - it really takes you back in time and is quite surprising when you stumble upon it. It’s also a bit strange.
Favorite food? Maine Lobster Rolls!
Favorite drink? Chardonnay (need to get you the brand from home)
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? That I am originally from a very small town in Maine.
Dream Vacation? Right now it would be to see the Great Barrier Reef before it is gone...
Mari and Sara have been friends since their undergratuate days at Bowdoin College. They have collaborated on several projects and have a complete understanding of the influence of art and design on our life and work. She brings to MEET valuable experience from a long career in the arts, starting at Sotheby's and The School of Visual Arts, and art related commerce, representing an international museum audio tour company and a premium printing paper manufacturer. Her love of environments led her to continue her education at the New York School for Interior Design, where she earned an honors degree. Her particular passion is workspace design, branded interiors, and experiential design.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? The Veteran's Room designed by Louis C. Tiffany in the Park Avenue Armory in 1880. Sublime.
Favorite food? Cuban food, in particular, the Media Noche sandwich. I am a purist, so no pulled pork hokey pokey please. It is ham, roasted pork (slices), swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on sweet yellow bread (a long bun) pressed on a sandwich press until the bread is crispy and the cheese is soft. If you allow the press to melt the cheese, the bread will burn. The best ones are in Miami.
Favorite drink? I like beer. Lagers. I know it's not very highbrow or exotic. A Stella, Carlsberg or Longboard can put a smile on my face. But, don't get me wrong... I won't reject a flute of Kristal.
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? I love poetry
Dream Vacation? New Zealand
Lynn Kenny joins us all the way from Ireland. Lynn is a marketing guru, with a masters in marketing from Ireland's top business school. When Lynn graduated in 2017, she decided to leave home and move to New York.
During college Lynn worked part time for celebrity wedding planner Tara Fay whereby she assisted in the coordinating of events and marketing. Lynn's bubbly personality made her a perfect fit for the MEET team. Let's learn more about Lynn.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? That there is such a large Irish community, it makes it hard to get homesick. Also, there is so many food places, I have a rule, you cannot eat in the same place twice.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? Well, I am still a bit of a tourist so I am always bouncing around different spots to explore the city. But I guess my favorite secret place, which technically was a secret many years ago, is sweet science, it is a speakeasy bar beside my house.
Favorite food? Definitely pizza, New York makes this love so much easier.
Favorite drink? It is weird, I don't drink coffee, but I am obsessed with Espresso Martinis
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? What I do relax is bake cakes. I am a really good baker, my theory is the bigger the cake, the better.
Dream Vacation? I love to travel, I have been to various places, but one place I really want to explore is India. I made so many friends from India while doing my masters, I NEED TO GO.
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Deshawn Colbert joins the MEET team with a deep history of producing events and a passion for New York City. Deshawn has a diverse corporate background including sports, fashion, beauty and entertainment companies. Past clients include Weight Watchers, Neilsen, Venexiana, IOMA-Paris and Time Warner.
Deshawn provides MEET’s signature quality service throughout the booking process and for day-to-day support of client meetings. Her Southern charm and serene style will keep you calm from beginning to end.
Lets find out more about Deshawn.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? My favorite thing about NYC there's room for innovation and tradition to coexist. You can't find that anywhere else today.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? My favorite secret location in NYC is Central Park. The beauty of the park is exquisite. I love to just sit and people watch.
Favorite food? My favorite food is Mexican true TexMex.
Favorite drink? My favorite drink is a Carmel Martini.
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? I love watching I Love Lucy or Shirley Temple movies.
Dream Vacation? My dream vacation is the Santorini, Greece
SHANNON LEE REINHARDT
Shannon Reinhardt is our outgoing Director of Sales and Marketing! Her enthusiasm and love for people has brought even more energy to Meet! Shannon has spent the last 5 years as a Director of Sales and Marketing for full-service Hotels in New York City and Pennsylvania. With over 14 years of experience in sales, marketing, and event planning she specializes in working with Corporate Meetings and Groups.
Shannon grew up in Bucks County Pennsylvania, attended Northampton College for Hotel and Restaurant Management in Bethlehem, and started her career in the Lehigh Valley. She moved to the Big Apple a few years ago to pursue her passion for her career and the vibratant city life! She lives in Forest Hills Queens with her boyfriend and enjoys traveling (when she has the time).
What is your favorite thing about NYC? The city is a melting pot of people from every part of the world. It is exciting to make new friends from different places and try authentic foods from anywhere in the world. I also love that it is a very competitive market because it makes my career exciting; plus I love a challenge.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? Am I allowed to have a couple? I love Central Park because I am used to having nature around me so I enjoy walks through the park and climbing on the big rocks. I also fell in love with Downtown Brooklyn when I was the Director at the Sheraton. There is so much excitement in that growing community and a lot of culture. I am quickly falling in love with SoHo, as I am exploring all it has to offer around our three fabulous locations.
Favorite food? I really enjoy cooking and eating! I mainly eat chicken with vegetables, and right now I am on a kick with Indian Food. My new favorite is Chicken Tiki Marsala. Delicious!
Favorite drink? Water, and I drink a lot of water. I also really enjoy my morning coffee, green tea, and of course WINE.
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? Well I am a pretty open book, but I guess that I am from a small town called Perkasie in PA. I feel like I fit better in a big city like NYC so I am not sure you would realize I am from a little town by speaking or looking at me.
Dream Vacation? I love to travel and hope to do more of it. My Dream Vacation would be to take a cruise around the world. Beaches and Tropical places are usually my go to destinations!
Raymundo joins us from Mexico where he studied and obtained his degree in Hotel Management. After living and working for many years in Cancun and Riviera Maya in luxury hotels as a sales manager, he decided to move to NY and embark on a new personal and professional adventure.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? My favorite thing is to get lost in the city and discover new places that always have been there but just few know. I'm a foodie so I love nice and cozy restaurants and of course going to concerts.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? I have two, one is Toro restaurant by 10th avenue, and the other one is Maggie Reillys Bar just around the corner of my house.
Favorite food? Of course Spicy Mexican!! but also I love Indian food
Favorite drink? A good Mezcal with orange slice and wormpowder
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? I'm the cookie monster! I love cookies, doughnuts, sweet rolls, cup cakes etc.
Dream Vacation? During last year I had the opportunity to travel to several countries, but one place that I would love to go is Japan.
Gideon Pianko, a true New Yorker, joined the Meet team as an operations coordinator with his hardworking and friendly personality. Gideon studied technical theatre at Pace University and continued his passion for acting by becoming a part of acting program Epic. Prior to starting at Meet, he worked in accounting for Duggal printing.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? I like that their is some quieter neighborhoods, it is not all crazy busy. The parks are so big, you can feel like you are not in the city.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? Central park because it is so big nobody can find you.
Favorite food? I really like turkish food.
Favorite drink? Thai ice tea.
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? I like to perform in plays.
Dream Vacation? Their are a few places that I would like to go... Miami, Caribbean or LA.