Entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr. Guides 2 Global Companies to International Prominence

<p><strong>Chicago &mdash; Aug. 19</strong><br />Though it has operated largely under the radar for more than a decade, Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI), a Chicago technology solutions provider, has done anything but go unnoticed by competitors, or major computer giants like Microsoft and IBM. But so has Killerspin, a global advocate and brand committed to driving awareness of the sport of table tennis, also based in the same city.<br /><br />Interestingly enough, both companies are led by visionary entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Jr., who founded both, and remains firmly at each one&rsquo;s helm as CEO. Acknowledged industry-wide as a leader in just more than a decade since its founding, EKI provides program management, application architecture, development and support services to some of the world&#39;s largest public- and private-sector organizations. </p><p>In the public sector, EKI developed the City of Chicago Portal and its Health Alert Network for the Department of Public Health. In the private sector, EKI was awarded Wal-Mart IT Supplier of the Year for its innovative service offerings.<br /><br />Killerspin is the leading U.S. table tennis manufacturer and the world&#39;s leading private table tennis media company. Killerspin partners with The Arnold Sports Fest in Columbus and The Mayor&#39;s Sports Festival in Chicago to bring table tennis to hundreds of thousands of sports fans annually. Killerspin events have been seen in more than 160 countries around the world.<br /><br />"I think we&#39;re a good company, but one that needs to get better, and can get better," he emphasized. "We&#39;ve got two good companies…



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