Garrett Horrell – Memorable Experience Maker
When Garrett left his small hometown just south of Pittsburgh, he wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted to do as a career… other than it would need to bring him daily fun and excitement. It was while attending Slippery Rock University he discovered Resort, Recreation, and Event Management. While working towards his degree, Garrett became actively involved with Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) and completed two internships at Omni Amelia Island Resort.
Upon graduation Garrett ventured down to Florida full-time and began working as the Assistant Manager of Recreation and Special Events at Omni Amelia Island. A few years later, Garrett moved even further south to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida where he worked as the Recreation Event and Team Building Manager. Although Garrett loved living in the Keys, he was less than thrilled with the Hurricane evacuations that came each year…
In the Fall 2019 Garrett, along with his wife Cassie and their 3 dogs (Beau, Callaway, and Palmer), made the journey back to Pittsburgh. When the worldwide pandemic hit in Spring 2020, Garrett was left job searching but knew better than to settle for a job he wasn’t passionate about. During the off-time Garrett and his wife began hosting weekly online trivia nights, virtual scavenger hunts, and fun activities to play for the holidays. This caught the eye of a fellow RCRA member and co-founder of Wildly Different, Lisa Jennings! Since then, Garrett has been working as the Memorable Experience Maker at Wildly Different. He considers this a DREAM JOB ever since he first discovered Wildly Different at his first RCRA conference back in 2013!
Though he loves his job at Wildly Different, Garrett loves his other full-time job…being a dad! Garrett and his wife Cassie welcomed their son, Tyson James (TJ) to the world in early August 2021.
When he’s not hosting events and entertaining his family, you can find Garrett cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, belting out showtunes, and working on his audition reel for the TV show Survivor…Jeff Probst if you are reading this, please return his messages!