Rob Klees Associate Director // WBI

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Rob Klees

Associate Director // Wright Brothers Institute

About Rob
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Entrepreneur Background
  • From Rochester, NY
  • Live in Springboro, OH
  • Married to Amy with 2 daughters
Entrepreneur Favorite Dayton Landmark
Favorite Dayton Landmark
Carillon Historical Village
Fun fact about this entrepreneur.
Fun Fact
Enjoys watching sports and playing golf, going out to eat at El Mason, listening to music by Foo Fighters, and watching the movie, Return to Me.

The Snapshot

I love working with emerging tech entrepreneurs. I’ve spent 28 years supporting Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in many ways. Specifically, we bridge the funding gap between AFRL to our partner at TEC for both the AFRL and the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Technology Acceleration Programs (TAP), SBIR TAP. Each program impacts the resurgence of the Dayton ecosystem around 444 East Second. If you’re ready to launch into something impactful, Dayton is certainly the place to do it.

I love entrepreneurs because of their raw energy, which is important because it feeds the technological and economic development of our city.

The Advice

Think big enough.

The Connection


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