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Mr. Robert D. Blackwell Jr.

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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (312) ***-****  
Email: b***@***.com
Electronic Knowledge Interchange
33 West Monroe 17Th Floor
Chicago , Illinois 60603
United States

Company Description: EKI is a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering measurable business value to mid to large size corporate and government...   more
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Employment History

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Education

  • bachelor's degree
    Wichita State University
  • bachelor of science degree , management
    Northern Illinois University
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Leaders of the Chicago Entrepreneur Community :: CEC
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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.
Killerspin's president, Robert ...
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Killerspin's president, Robert Blackwell, Jr., sees his sport as "a safe and fun social alternative.
Board of Advisors - Opersoft
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Bob is currently partner of Blackwell Consulting Services. He is well-known as the leader in management and information technology. Bob has a working experience built from experience in computer industry knowledge of more than 35 years. He is known in the industry for being a visionary and dynamic leader. e started his career as a systems engineer for IBM in 1966 where he designed applications for hospitals and universities. In 1973 he switched career paths by embarking on an extensive management and marketing-oriented career path for IBM. When he stepped down from IBM to take a new role as director of the Greater Chicago Consulting Services, he managed more than 200 people and generated $300 million in revenue. ob is a distinguished member of the Mayor's council of Technology Advisor, the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Economic club of Chicago and the Metropolitan Club of Chicago. He also has the honor of sitting on the board of the Illinois Institute of Technology and also the board of trustees of both the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lakeside Bank. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the fields of technology and finance which is critical to the field of Logistics transportation management and to such a logistics marketplace platform.
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This success is due solely to Robert Blackwell's keen intuitiveness for what customers really want. The secret to the ten-year-old consulting company's successful weathering of the dot-com boom and bust may well be the level-headedness of its founder, chairman and CEO Robert Blackwell, 63, recently named as a finalist in Ernst & Young's 2001 Illinois/Northwest Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year competition. "We steered clear of the dot.com phenomenon and were careful not to build up a lot of infrastructure that could not be supported by our existing business," Blackwell said. "We've always been about being profitable day to day. Instead of riding the waves of new consulting trends, he said he is proud that his company has remained anchored to its original focus. "Our idea of the business we're in today is the same basic view we had ten years ago, of focusing on real technical problems people have," he said. "We're not in some ivory tower somewhere contemplating what life should be about, but are actually down on the ground doing the project work. The 200 Blackwell consultants, based at the Chicago headquarters or at a handful of national offices, offer a range of IT services, from web portal development to networking, messaging systems and workflow application work. Blackwell said if asked 36 years ago, he would never have been able to predict that he would end up where he has. In fact, the Wichita State University psychology major had absolutely no computer experience when he was hired in 1966, straight out of college, to be a systems engineer at IBM. "It was a job. In those days, it wasn't necessary to have prior computer experience because nobody knew anything about computers," he said. "IBM hired me and that ended up being a blessing for me. I remember training right here in Chicago. That first job turned into a 26-year stint at IBM, where Blackwell worked in management, marketing and sales, ultimately ending up as director of the Greater Chicago Consulting Services for IBM. Blackwell said his last position at IBM really is what gave him the idea to start his company. "I was running IBM's consulting services and I really liked it. I thought having a consulting firm was something that didn't require a lot of capital and the barriers to entry were low. Also, I always wanted to try it on my own and I decided services were a good way to do it. Today, Blackwell Consulting Services is the largest minority-owned management consulting and information technology consultancy in the Midwest. But that's not enough for Blackwell. "Ten years ago, we had a vision that we realized, but we still need to keep pushing and get bigger and stronger," he said. "We would like to be a very strong national company. I can envision that in ten years, we could have more than 1000 people working for us. And included in Blackwell's predictions for his firm is an enhancement of his emphasis on company diversity.
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In 1992, that ambition caused him to walk away from his cushy corporate job to found Blackwell Consulting Services. In just over a dozen years, Blackwell has built his company into an IT consultancy powerhouse with nearly 500 employees. A generous leader, Blackwell has credited much of his firm's success to those employees. "'We get the work done' is our common attitude," he told the TeQnology Web site.
Blackwell Consulting Services - Management and Information Technology Consultants
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Robert D. Blackwell, Sr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Robert (Bob) D. Blackwell, Sr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Blackwell Consulting Services. A well-known leader in management and information technology, Bob's computer industry expertise spans more than 35 years. He is known in the industry for being a visionary and dynamic leader.
In 1992, after working for more than 25 years with International Business Machines (IBM), Bob founded Blackwell. Today the company is a national full service, full life-cycle management and information technology consulting firm, serving the Global 1000 and middle market enterprises. With nearly 300 consultants, and an estimated revenue of $36 million in 2004, Blackwell has grown to become one of the largest minority-owned management and IT firms in the U.S.
Bob's career began as a systems engineer at IBM in 1966 where he designed applications for hospitals and universities. In 1973 he switched professional gears by embarking on an extensive management and marketing-oriented career path for IBM. When he retired from IBM as director of the Greater Chicago Consulting Services Business, he managed more than 200 people and generated $300 million in revenue. As a result of his leadership, IBM's consulting business, consisting of outsourcing, systems integration, application development, design, installation of complex calling systems, value-added networks and fee-based education, grew in size every year.
Education and Associations Bob holds a bachelor's degree from Wichita State University. He is a member of the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors, the Executives' Club of Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Metropolitan Club of Chicago. Bob also sits on the board for the Illinois Institute of Technology and the board of trustees of both the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lakeside Bank. Bob's passion for and dedication to the arts has fueled his support of the Arts and Business Council (ABC), the Joel Hall Dance Company (past president), the Neighborhood Writing Alliance (chairman of the board) and the ETA Creative Arts Foundation (chairman of the board).
Robert D. Blackwell, Sr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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