September 12

Uptown Theater

Doors open at 8:30am, Presentations 9am-4pm

Networking Social:

Wednesday 9/11
5:30PM - 7PM

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center
University Dr, Richland, WA 99354

Hors d’oeuvres & wine provided

2019 Theme: Origins

For the second consecutive year, Teknologize, Managed Squared, and the Tri-Cities Research District are teaming up to host the Tri-Cities Tech Summit!  After an inaugural summit last year with over 125 attendees and talks from tech-minded leaders in our community, we are excited to announce the theme for the 2019 Summit: Origins.

Every technology, company, and entrepreneur has a unique start. The Tri-Cities Tech Summit 2019: Origins will highlight those stories, allowing individuals to share their own Origins as they educate and inspire others to learn, do and invest in themselves, their ideas, and their businesses.

Our theme also coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, a massive undertaking that helped a tiny community become globally recognized. Part of TC Tech Summit 2019: Origins will highlight the technology that came about because of the Manhattan Project and its greater impact on the Tri-Cities.


About TC Tech Summit

The Tri-Cities Summit is a conference for technology professionals and innovators to come together and find out more about what’s happening in the Tri-Cities across technology fields. In an interactive and engaging atmosphere, participants will be able to learn, exchange ideas, network and establish relationships with others in the community.

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The Vision

Our vision is to be the premier technology conference in the region for people who are passionate about technology in their work and life and want to share their passion with other like-minded individuals. This will help the Tri-Cities build and attract new technology businesses, retain local talent, and grow the tech-forward community.


The Mission

Our mission is to bring together local innovators and organizations to share new technologies and discuss how it is changing business and creating opportunities. Through our efforts, we help support the community of local technology professionals and innovators and create an environment for sharing ideas, strengthening relationships and fostering growth. We do that by:

  • Showcasing technology companies in our region
  • Providing instruction and familiarization with new technologies
  • Fostering innovation and opportunity
  • Opening doors through relationships and networking
  • Building a tech-centric community
  • Bridging relationships with other like-minded communities

Be there when it all Starts

Speaker Line Up

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Educator / Writer / Speaker

Megan Cook

Master of Ceremonies

John Heaton
Founder and CEO at Pay Plus Benefits

John Heaton

Crop Duster Pilot to Software Developer. How did that Happen?

CEO at Columbia Industries

Brian McDermott

Born Again at 56: Innovation and Transformation at Columbia Industries

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Chief Executive Officer, Cayuse Holdings

Billy Nerenberg

Utilizing the Human Cloud to Secure Competitive Advantage

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Co-Founder at Fuse Accelerator & Chief Architect at LiveTiles

Erik Ralston

Turning Services into a Startup: The Origin of LiveTiles

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An Anecdotal (and provocative) History of Hanford Technology

Mike Schwenk

Economic Development Evangelist

Amber Strunk
Education and Outreach Coordinator, LIGO – Hanford Observatory

Amber Strunk

LIGO: The Origins of Revolutionary Science

The Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape

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Jason Davis

Energy Northwest

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Frank Greitzer



Dan Morgan


Keynote Speaker


Paul Jarrett

Co-founder & CEO of Bulu Box

Paul Jarrett is a Subscription Box champion and Midwest entrepreneur. He launched million-dollar brands like Neebo and executed campaigns for Lowe’s and Nike. In 2010, he joined Complete Nutrition, one of the fastest growing startups in the country. In 2012, Paul and his co-founder Stephanie Jarrett launched Bulu Box. Several years later, Bulu Box has evolved to be the industry authority in creating Private Label Subscription Box solutions for multibillion-dollar brands like Disney, Crayola, and Buzzfeed.

While Paul’s story is impressive, what’s even more compelling is that he left Silicon Valley, the mecca for internet start-ups, to launch his company in Lincoln, Nebraska. His story of launching his web-based business in what is now being called the Silicon Prairie speaks to the potential for smaller regions, like the Tri-Cities, to create amazing companies in their own backyard.

TC Tech Summit Agenda




Byron Martin,

Byron is CEO and owner of Teknologize, an information technology consulting firm and IT service provider, which he founded in 2011.  Over the last seven years, Byron has helped Teknologize become a technology leader in the Tri-Cities market with a reputation of excellent client care and advanced technical expertise. 

Byron graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish and has been working in the Information Technology field for the past 19 years. When he’s not garnering more technical certifications and building Teknologize, he’s spending time with his wife and five kids in the great outdoors hiking, boating, fishing and enjoying all the Tri-Cities has to offer.

Ty Mullholland,

Head of Operations of Managed Squared

Ty Mulholland is the Head of Operations of Managed Squared, and has over 10 years of experience leading highly talented teams through large scale projects. Ty has developed projects for large companies such as Microsoft, Hyundai, and Lamb Weston as well as small and locally owned startups. He is passionate about technology that enhances people’s lives. Ty is an avid supporter of the community. He is a board member for Fuse Co-Working, has been a Tri-Conf organizer, Startup Weekend Organizer, WSU guest lecturer, Launch University Keynote and founded several meet ups in the community. He lives in Richland with his wife and three daughters.


Diahann Howard,
Director of Economic Development & Gov.


Diahann Howard is the Executive Director for the Tri-Cities Research District, one of 14 Washington State Innovation Partnership Zones. The Research District is an "innovation ecosystem" enabling research and technology companies to develop, commercialize and market products worldwide. Diahann also serves as the Director of Economic Development & Governmental Affairs for the Port of Benton, where she has worked since 2006. She supports the Port of Benton’s land and building development, grants and legislative requests both state and federal. Prior to the Port, she was the City of Richland’s Economic Development Manager.

TC Tech Summit 2018 Recap

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