The Hon. Mark Schweiker provides strategic guidance, as well as government and media relations services to Fortune 500 companies, privately held firms and nonprofit organizations, including:
- business development and insight to corporate growth pursuits
- crisis management
- executive branch lobbying
- legislative lobbying
- regulatory lobbying
An accomplished corporate executive and government leader, Mr. Schweiker’s extensive experience includes representing constituents in high political office, advocating for hundreds of area businesses and organizations, and developing and implementing 30 annual corporate and government budgets, including eight at the large state level.
He serves as an advisor to help clients undertake and manage government relations and public affairs issues. On a case-by-case basis, Mr. Schweiker coaches businesses and organizations in various industries including financial services, pharmaceutical, health care, insurance, green technology, venture capital, gaming and information technology.
Concluding his public service in 2003 as the 44th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mr. Schweiker had previously had previously held top management positions in several large government organizations. He was elected Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor in 1994 and was re-elected in 1998. He was the only governor to hold the position as a direct result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, assuming the role after his colleague, the Hon. Tom Ridge, moved to the Bush administration to ultimately become the first Secretary of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Schweiker was recognized for many achievements during his tenure as governor, including dramatically increasing state security after 9/11, assembling the largest urban reform plan in the history of American public education and personally overseeing the successful rescue operation of nine trapped coal miners in Somerset County, Pa. He is also credited with directing a nationally acclaimed innovation effort across state government that increased accountability, reduced costs and improved citizen and customer care.
Subsequently, Mr. Schweiker served as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), one of the largest business advocacy organizations in the U.S. With more than 5,000 member companies and organizations, Mr. Schweiker oversaw the GPCC mission of promoting business development and economic growth in the tri-state Philadelphia region, advocated for sound public policy and enhanced the services and programs available to the GPCC members. Through his leadership, the GPCC launched and now operates Select Greater Philadelphia, the region’s first, large-scale comprehensive effort to brand and market greater Philadelphia to a national and international audience as a first-tier place to do business. The effort is designed to attract new businesses to the region, encourage entrepreneurs to start their businesses here and retain area companies.
Mr. Schweiker is a corporate Director of PRWT Services, Inc., an enterprise which provides innovative large-scale back-office operational services, consultation and technical support to commercial and government clients.
As a result of Mr. Schweiker’s diverse background and communications savvy, he is a regular media guest and commentator. He has appeared in numerous local, news media and network settings including CNN, FOX Business with Neil Cavuto, the PBS Charlie Rose Show, and the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
His career has earned him many honors and awards, including Life Sciences Public Official of the Year, Speaker of the Year for Communications Excellence and Technology Advocate of the Year for Technology Innovation.
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