FEI Chicago Student Awards Celebration + Keynote: Robert Blackwell, Jr. on the Future of Finance

  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm  Networking / Happy Hour 
  • 6:30 - 7:00 pm  Awards Ceremony
  • 7:00 - 7:30 pm  Dinner 
  • 7:30 - 8:15 pm  The Future of Finance Presentation

  • Sponsors and Student Candidates – Contact [email protected] if you need a code to register.

The FEI Chicago Chapter annually recognizes and celebrates the achievements of finance and accounting students from our partner universities with the financial student awards. Please join us in honoring these bright and talented individuals from the Chicago area. We are extremely grateful to Sage Intacct and Sikich for their support in sponsoring these awards.

Following the awards presentation, we will hear from Robert Blackwell, Jr., who is founder of Killerspin, the world’s leading table tennis engagement brand, and the founder of EKI-Digital, a digital investment consulting firm.

The Future of Finance

1594699042615.jpgRobert is a self-proclaimed “math nerd” who believes that numbers can transform organizations and even lives. 
As a former Chicago stock trader and IBM engineer, he has learned that almost anything can be made better if we apply math to it. “From winning at table tennis all the way to corporate decision making, math gives us a repeatable, statistical advantage over our competitors, and yet many of us still rely on our guts.”

Robert has written papers and given presentations showcasing how algorithms can identify opportunities and has been an advisor to government and business leaders on ways to better maximize IT investment. He has served on numerous civic boards over the course of his career and currently serves the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Civic Federation of Chicago, Business Leadership Council and the executive committee to Choose Chicago.

Robert created Ali-Yah ventures, named after his daughter, to help anyone, regardless of their challenges be part of a sustainable economic ecosystem. This venture is what drives him to continuously succeed and overachieve. And yes, he truly believes math is the path to making Ali-Yah ventures successful and impactful.