President and CEO
Robert Coy is President and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation Inc., the entity overseeing the development of the 16 Tech innovation community. As President, Coy leads the development of 16 Tech into a major hub for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity and talent development, retention and attraction.
Prior to 16 Tech, Coy was President and CEO of CincyTech, a venture development organization that accelerated the growth of start-up bioscience, healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing companies in Southwest Ohio. Under Coy’s leadership for more than 11 years, CincyTech invested in 70 startups that raised more than $680 million in seed, early and late stage capital and that today employ nearly 1,000 people.
Coy has held entrepreneurial and economic development leadership positions with public and private institutions over the past 32 years in Ohio, Missouri, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining CincyTech, Coy was senior vice president for entrepreneurial development and of economic development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, where he co-founded the St. Louis Arch Angels, a group of individuals who invest in early-stage companies in the St. Louis region.
In Delaware, Coy served as the principal economic adviser to the governor, established a seed fund to invest in technology start-up companies and developed initiatives to promote technology partnerships between universities and businesses. In Pennsylvania, he served as executive director of the Ben Franklin Partnership Program, the state’s premier technology development program that invests in start-up companies.
Coy earned a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.
John J. Kish
As Project Director for 16 Tech Community Corporation Inc., John J. Kish leads land acquisition and infrastructure improvements for the global innovation community.
Kish has spearheaded development of some of Indianapolis’ most impactful public projects. His most notable accomplishment was the successful completion of the $1.1 billion capital development program for the Indianapolis International Airport. As the Midfield Project Manager, Kish mobilized the planning, design and construction of a 40-gate passenger terminal, new 7,100-car parking garage, air traffic control facility, new public roadway system and interstate highway interchange, fire station, rental car facilities, airline fuel farm and emergency operations center. Kish also served as the airport’s Executive Director and facilitated the transition of the Indianapolis Airport System from a private contractor to direct management by the Indianapolis Airport Authority and its employees.
In 1994, Kish was appointed Executive Director of the Indiana White River Sate Park, where he directed the transformation of an industrial area along the White River into a sprawling 250-acre urban park now home to institutions including the Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theater, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Victory Field and the Indianapolis Zoo. He served earlier in his career as Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Administration under Governor Evan Bayh from 1989 through 1993.
Kish is an Indiana University Wells Scholar and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.
Chris Eckerle serves as Vice President for the 16 Tech Community Corporation. In this capacity, he focuses on the operational and financial components associated with the innovation community. He also serves as Project Director for BioCrossroads, promoting the entrepreneurial and institutional opportunities throughout Indiana’s life science community, and as an advisor to the Indiana Seed Funds.
Immediately prior to joining BioCrossroads, Chris spent several years as the Director of Life Sciences for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where he led the state’s initiative to expand, attract, and retain life sciences corporations. He served on the board of directors for Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. and the Indiana Cord Blood Bank.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University, where he was a two-time Academic All-American, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.