Sheldon G. Wittwer
Chairman of the Board, Wittwer Hospitality
Sheldon G. Wittwer is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for Wittwer Inc. and Wittwer Hospitality. He has served his community as a board member of the Santa Clara, Utah Economic Development Council, and a member of the national advisory council for Dixie State College, located in St. George, UT. He also has served as a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster and other roles, including adult staff member for Timberline Youth Leadership Training. His service for his church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) include two years as a full-time missionary in New Zealand and a bishop for five years. His formal education includes an associate degree from Dixie Junior College and a bachelor's degree in business management with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University. Sheldon is married to Karma Jean Barton. They are blessed with not only six wonderful children but also three sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law and 13 grandchildren. Some of his hobbies are spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing and farming, including a fruit orchard, growing alfalfa and helping Karma with her vegetable garden.
The Wittwer family owns and operates Boulevard Home Furnishings, the Abbey Inn Hotel Group and other real estate holdings. Boulevard Home Furnishings operates four retail furniture stores and a consumer lending business in Utah and Nevada. It began in 1974 with a very small showroom and a handful of employees. The Abbey Inn Hotel Group owns and operates hotels in the Southern Utah area and was the beginning of the Wittwer businesses in the 1950s. The company was founded by Lester Wittwer, who “required” all four of his sons (second generation) to work for him once they finished their college degrees. Each of his four sons received equal ownership in the Wittwer companies and each of them has children who have been gifted shares in the business for tax purposes. The 24 members of the third generation (ages ranging from 20-43) each have essentially “equal ownership” in the business. About a third of them work in the business full-time.