Under the leadership of John Drescher, TechNet Northwest serves the policy and political priorities of the Pacific Northwest innovation economy. Our region includes companies headquartered from Washington in the West to Utah in the east, including Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. John founded the Northwest Executive Committee that is led by Chairman, Tom Alberg, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group and includes John McAdam, President, CEO and Director of F5 Networks; Brad Smith, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Microsoft; Patrick Ennis, Global Head of Technology for Intellectual Ventures; Paul Lambert, President of Point B; and Russell Sarazen, National Director, State Legislative Affairs at T-Mobile. This group meets 2-3 times annually to discuss national and regional policy priorities for industry.
Since John joined TechNet in 2005, TechNet Northwest has continually grown in size and influence. John established a senior executive roundtable series that has hosted presidential candidates, cabinet officials, and local and national legislators for discussions pertinent to the welfare of our industry. Speakers have included Senators Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, and John McCain; Congressmen Adam Smith, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Suzan Del Bene; Governors Christine Gregoire and Mitt Romney; Cabinet officials Alberto Gonzales and Elaine Chao; Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as prominent tech business leaders.
If your company is in the Pacific Northwest and you’d like to learn more about TechNet, please contact John Drescher, Executive Director, TechNet Northwest at (206) 359-6472 or by e-mail at gro.tenhcetnull@rehcserdj.
Washington Business: Help Wanted, Keep Out
“Without a doubt, the single biggest issue for our companies, big and small, is the race for talent,” said John Drescher, executive director of the Pacific Northwest region of TechNet, a bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs who promote technology companies.
“We obviously care more about having skilled workers,” Drescher said, adding that he also understands the issues facing the ag sector. “I’d like the whole thing fixed.”