Mr. Howard S. Schultz is Co-Founder at Maveron LLC.
He co-founded Maveron in 1998 with Dan Levitan. Mr. Schultz is Chairman and Chief Global Strategist of Starbucks Coffee Company and Chairman of The Basketball Club of Seattle LLC.
He joined Starbucks as Director of Operations and Marketing in 1982, when the company had only four stores. With the help of local investors, he purchased the company in 1987. In 1992, Starbucks became the first specialty coffee company to become a public company and is now the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world with more than 8,000 stores in 34 countries.
He has received numerous awards in recognition of his achievements and his commitment to community service and Starbucks' employees. In September 2000, he was honored by the Columbia University School of Business with the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics. In January 2002, Mr. Schultz was named one of top 25 Managers of the Year by Business Week magazine. In April 2004, Time magazine named Mr. Schultz one of the 100 most influential people in the world today. Mr. Schultz has served on the boards of several Maveron portfolio companies including eBay and drugstore.com.
He currently serves on the board of Potbelly Sandwich Works.