Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. For several years Robert was a trader specializing in writing models and executing trading strategies.
Blackwell currently serves on the executive committee of the Choose Chicago, is Vice Chairman of the Chicago Sports Commission, Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Committee, a board member of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and is active in the Executive’s Club of Chicago and the Business Leadership Council. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also serves on the board of several civic organizations.
Brad spends his free time enjoying his family, cooking, skiing, and composing and performing music.
Watson has authored numerous articles on management and technology that have been published in the Harvard Business Review, The McKinsey Quarterly, Chief Executive Magazine, Sloan Management Review, Newsweek, and Business Horizons. He also speaks at industry conferences around the globe on technology strategy, outsourcing and management development.
He serves on the boards of NCCI Holdings, Inc., Information Week Magazine, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart Graduate School of Business, the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors for the City of Chicago and the Payment Experts Panel of The Clearinghouse. Trained as an economist at Harvard and Princeton, Watson also holds U.S. and foreign patents on electronic transaction technologies.
As a proactive and innovative leader, Nancy effectively balances the art and science of sales. With a strong focus in customer relationship management, Nancy is skilled in accurately and efficiently identifying client needs to deliver optimal solutions. She is customer focused and drives win/win partnerships.
When she is not driving business results, Nancy enjoys spending time with her three wonderful children.
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