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...
Jackie Garcia who joins us from Chicago has been the Chief Concierge and Hospitality Manager for MEET since February of 2017. Jackie oversees every detail to ensure each guest experiences MEET's renowned and unparalleled service.
Jackie has her BA in forensic science and technology. Although passionate about science, she has been working in the service industry since 2005. Over the past decade, Jackie has been trained to understand the intricacies of hospitality through managing catering and events for various hotels including the Hyatt Regency and the Wyndham hotel group.
In 2015, Jackie chose to take on the big apple and continued to work in her expert field in events and catering. Let's get to know more about Jackie.
What is your favorite thing about NYC? My favorite thing about New York is there is always something to do and the people that come to this city makes it fun to people watch.
What is your favorite secret location in NYC? If I tell you my secret location, it won't be a secret anymore :) However, I will share that there is a small park on 6th Ave and Grand that is right in the middle of the Holland Tunnel entrances with tables, chairs, trees and is perfect to hid in plain site with a bottle of wine and good conversation, you don't even notice the cars.
Favorite Food? I am a foodie which is another word for someone who likes all food all the time. If I had to only pick one meal to declare my favorite it would have to be Italian.
Favorite drink? I love a good Grey Goose and Soda with a Lime but lately I have been drinking Sparkling Wine, I love the bubbles.
Something about yourself that we couldn't tell by looking at you? I love music and have been playing instruments since I was 13 years old. I can play the piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The only thing I can't do is sing which stinks because I LOVE to sing. I hope one day take lessons so I can be a one man band.
Dream Vacation? Because planning events can be stressful, I love to go somewhere where I do not have to make any decisions and I can wake up on my own accord and have no schedule to adhere too. A weekend at home with no cell phone does the trick sometimes :)
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 their is such a larger Irish community, it makes it hard to get homesick. Also, their 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