Robert Stein brings to his role more than 20 years of economic development, entrepreneurial, and technology expertise. Under Bob’s leadership, the IEE’s SBDC in 2020 was named #1 in the country in economic development by the Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as contributed to the university winning the Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) “Place” Award for IEE’s work in the Homewood neighborhood. A senior advisor with the IEE since 2005, Bob created a specialized information technology consultancy service within the IEE and led the department in helping dozens of companies achieve multi-million dollar growth. Bob’s extensive experience in project management and implementing cost-effective integrated information systems has earned him respect from long-standing tech leaders such as Steve Ballmer and Meg Whitman. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Bob was the founder of ActiveWin.com, an online publication for Microsoft products, in addition to holding several positions at his family’s business CLI USA, Inc. For 14 consecutive years, Stein has earned the title of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional and has been featured in many national publications (i.e., Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NY Times, Washington Post, and American Business Journal). In 2014, Pittsburgh Technology Council named Bob as a finalist for its CIO of the year award. In 2018, Bob graduated from the community-focused Leadership Pittsburgh. Additionally, Bob has extensive board expertise, residing on several privately owned, family business boards in a variety of industries. Bob holds a B.S. in Operations and Information Systems Management from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA equivalent from the Harvard Business School.