Robert Blackwell , Owner, Killerspin LLC
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Mr. Robert Blackwell Jr.

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Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Killerspin LLC
33 W. Monroe Street17Th Floor
Chicago , Illinois 60603
United States

Company Description: Killerspin was built to bring youth and innovation to one of the world's most beautiful sports, table tennis. The Chicago-based firm produces premium-quality table...   more
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Bruce Lee Ping Pong Equipment | Killerspin, 18 Jan 2015 [cached]
"When I was younger, Bruce Lee was what everyone wanted to be," said Robert Blackwell, CEO of Killerspin, "there were a lot of people who weren't big athletes but they would look to Bruce Lee for inspiration.
Leaders of the Chicago Entrepreneur Community :: CEC, 4 Dec 2014 [cached]
Robert Blackwell, Jr. Electronic Knowledge Interchange
Robert Blackwell, Jr.
Robert Blackwell, Jr. President
Robert Blackwell, Jr. is the Founder and CEO of Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI), is a management, operations and technology consulting company. EKI help some of the largest public and private sector organizations gain measurable efficiency gains leveraging strategy and technology. EKI was a finalist for the Illinois Technology Association's
Robert Blackwell, Jr. founded Killerspin L.L.C., the leading American table tennis retailer and top table tennis media producer in the world.
Robert's professional career started at IBM in 1981 where he received an award of excellence for a system he developed that helped salesmen recognize new upgrade opportunities for IBM equipment.
He went on to found several Chicago based companies including Urban Fishing Development, a Real Estate development company that helped to facilitate the development of economically and technologically integrated communities in transitional Chicago neighborhoods.
In 1992 Robert co-founded Blackwell Consulting Services with Robert Blackwell Sr. who had been a senior executive at IBM.
Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell ..., 27 April 2008 [cached]
Chicago entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. paid Obama an $8,000-a-month retainer to give legal advice to his growing technology firm, Electronic Knowledge Interchange.It allowed Obama to supplement his $58,000 part-time state Senate salary for over a year with regular payments from Blackwell's firm that eventually totaled $112,000.
The day after Obama wrote his letter urging the awarding of the state funds, Obama's U.S. Senate campaign received a $1,000 donation from Blackwell.
Killerspin's owner, Blackwell, was a political supporter and friend as well.Both men lived on Chicago's South Side.Blackwell, a savvy and successful entrepreneur, was one of the first donors to Obama's early campaigns, including the state senator's failed bid for a congressional seat in 2000.In the presidential race he is credited on Obama's website with committing to raise $100,000 to $200,000 for Obama's campaign.
When Blackwell sought backing for his table tennis tournament in 2002, other politicians, including U.S. Sen.
But Blackwell and his allies promised good attendance, hotel bookings and international attention.
Blackwell said in a statement that "the 2002 and 2003 events were among the largest-ever table tennis events held on U.S. soil in terms of attendance."
Blackwell deployed high-wattage showmanship that put an international spotlight on his tournaments and his brand of table tennis equipment, DVDs and sportswear.Under a plan developed by Blackwell, the 2003 and 2004 tournaments were filmed at Killerspin's expense for occasional broadcast later by ESPN.The cost to Killerspin for the broadcast, laced with promotions for the company as well as Illinois tourism, was in effect defrayed by the state aid.
Blackwell said the grants -- which paid only part of the cost his company had to bear -- provided the state with "thousands of hours of domestic and international exposure via ESPN. . . . Additionally, hundreds of hotel rooms were occupied all three years that the state supported the event."
'A very dry period'
In his book "The Audacity of Hope," Obama tells how his finances had deteriorated to such a point that his credit card was initially rejected when he tried to rent a car at the 2000 Democratic convention in Los Angeles.He said he had originally planned to dedicate that summer "to catching up on work at the law practice that I'd left unattended during the campaign (a neglect that had left me more or less broke)."
Management Team, 29 Sept 2014 [cached]
Robert Blackwell, Jr.
Robert Blackwell Jr., Board of Advisors
Robert Blackwell Jr.
Robert Blackwell Jr. is the founder and president of Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) and Killerspin Table Tennis.
He volunteers as a motivational speaker and serves on several Boards, including US Bank, The Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors, After School Matters, The Metropolitan Planning Commission, Perspectives Charter School, The Belle Center, and Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the United States Association of Table Tennis.
Blackwell's memberships include: The Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, The Executive's Club of Chicago, The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Chicago United.
Robert Blackwell is working with Barack Obama's Presidential Exploratory Committee and was a member of Governor Blagojevich's and Todd Stroger's transition teams.
Jason McAninch Named Winner in RuleBreaker Awards - J-TEK, 23 May 2014 [cached]
• Retailers, $1M-$5M in Sales: Robert Blackwell of Killer Spin,, which designs and sells innovative table tennis products
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