Master of Ceremonies
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mike Schwenk is Vice President and Director of Commercial Partnerships at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Mike's responsibilities include industrial contract research, technology commercialization, and partnerships associated with economic development. Additionally, Mike coordinates PNNL's commercial business among four other national laboratories managed or comanaged by Battelle, as well as the corporate center in Columbus, Ohio.
Mike has thirty years of technical and business management experience in government, entrepreneurial, non-profit and corporate settings, ranging in scale from his own two-person business to a 300-person corporate operation. He has participated in dozens of business transactions, including government privatization, business startups, technology licensing and corporate relocations/ expansions. Mike is very involved in projects to improve the business climate and quality of life in his community and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He presently serves as the newly elected chair of TRIDEC (Tri-City Development Council).