Robert Blackwell Jr. is CEO of a technology consulting firm and a leading manufacturer of table tennis equipment.
He launched EKI in 1998, helping corporations, governments and healthcare organizations to streamline their business processes through technology. Blackwell also founded Killerspin, a table tennis equipment and lifestyle company, in 2003.
He has been playing Ping-Pong since he was a teenager, when his father bought a set for their basement.
“I thought it was fun to dink around, but I never would have imagined it was such an exciting sport,” he told the Tribune.
He began his career at IBM in 1981 and went on to create several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services, which he founded with his father in 1992.
Blackwell currently serves on the executive committee of Choose Chicago. He is also vice chairman of the Chicago Sports Commission, chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Committee and is on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.