Robert Coy, 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.
Emily Krueger, Chief Operating Officer
Emily C. Krueger oversees daily operations for 16 Tech Community Corporation as Chief Operating Officer. She supports the 16 Tech Community Corporation President and CEO in creating an innovation community for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity and talent attraction with a focus on startups and corporations in the bioscience, tech and advanced engineering sectors.
Prior to joining 16 Tech, Krueger served as Vice President of Administration for Indianapolis-based LDI, Ltd., one of Indiana’s largest private companies that funds, owns and operates a diverse portfolio of middle-market companies. As a member of the executive leadership team, Krueger helped evaluate acquisition opportunities and grow companies in a variety of industries and stages of development.
Krueger, a native Hoosier, spent her earlier career working for former U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar in a variety of Capitol Hill and campaign positions. In 2013, she joined LDI as chief of staff and was named vice president of administration in 2015.
An active community leader, Krueger lends her fundraising and communications expertise to a number of local nonprofit organizations focused on health and education. She is past Board Chair of Timmy Global Health, a nonprofit provider of primary care services as well as health and development programs in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala and Nigeria. She also serves on committees for Christel House International and The Mind Trust.
Krueger is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she earned her MBA.
Starla D. Hart, MPA, Director of Community Initiatives
Starla D. Hart, MPA, has worked to enhance the lives of people in Indianapolis for more than 16 years and serves as 16 Tech Community Corporation’s Director of Community Initiatives. She leads the innovation district’s work with Near West, Northwest and surrounding neighborhoods to ensure that the economic benefits of 16 Tech extend to nearby communities.
In addition to her ongoing work with the surrounding neighborhoods, Hart oversees the 16 Tech Community Investment Fund, a community-focused fund that, under the advisement of a community-led advisory committee, will invest in neighborhood projects that provide maximum impact.
Prior to joining 16 Tech, Hart supported the Great Places 2020 initiatives as a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis, focusing her work on transforming strategic places in Marion County into dynamic urban villages.
Hart served as Director of Neighborhood Partnerships at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement, serving for 10 years as IUPUI’s liaison to the Near West neighborhood. This body of work led Hart to become the founding director of Source River West, a hub for entrepreneurs in the River West Great Place that offers place-based entrepreneurship and small business supports for residents in urban Indy neighborhoods.
Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and certifications in Non-Profit Management and American Humanics from Indiana University. She completed her master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City as part of the prestigious National Urban Fellows program.
In addition to her duties as Director of Community Initiatives for 16 Tech, Hart serves as a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Investment Advisory Council.
Eric J. Miller, Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Eric J. Miller leads tenant recruitment and real estate development for the 16 Tech Innovation District. In this role, Miller helps ensure a robust and complementary tenant mix and real estate strategy that support 16 Tech’s mission to foster connections and collaborations among various industry sectors.
Miller is a seasoned commercial real estate and development professional. Prior to joining 16 Tech, he worked in commercial real estate in the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina for more than 15 years. Much of his work focused on redevelopment and historic/adaptive reuse projects in downtown Durham, NC. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Brokerage with Real Estate Associates, Inc., a leading commercial real estate firm in Durham, NC. His additional professional background includes sales, marketing, public relations and fundraising.
Miller was raised in an entrepreneurial family with businesses ranging from real estate to electronics to natural foods. After college, he launched his professional career with a move to work with Duke University as part of the advancement program. His move into real estate was sparked by work with a land trust and desire to be a part of his community’s urban revival.
Miller received his bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from Rutgers University and is currently a licensed real estate broker, certified EcoBroker, and REALTOR. He volunteers his time with Midwest Academy and is a member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he engages in work supporting the community garden and food pantry regularly.