Former Va. Secretary of Commerce Bob Stolle to Head CIT Regional Growth Programs
March 21, 2011 (HERNDON, Va.) – The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the appointment of Bob Stolle as the new Vice President for Regional Growth Programs, where he will be responsible for the establishment and operation of strategic programs designed to maximize the growth of Virginia’s regional technology industries.
In making the announcement, Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, “I am honored to have Bob Stolle join the CIT team as a senior executive. He brings a wealth of experience in technology, innovation, economic development and the unique strengths of each region of the Commonwealth that will help CIT advance new ideas in an ever-changing marketplace.”
In his role at CIT, Stolle will design and oversee the development of a statewide technology roadmap and growth programs specific to regional technology priorities, including expanding existing CIT programs to underserved areas. CIT’s Roadmap Project will serve as the foundation for research and company formation programs funded by the Commonwealth.
Stolle comes to CIT after four years as Executive Vice President and COO of Richmond-based Core Consulting and ten years as Executive Director of the Greater Richmond Technology Council.
Prior to that, he served in several key positions for the Commonwealth of Virginia during the Allen administration, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade where he was responsible for 15 state agencies and promoting economic and community development in the Commonwealth.
Stolle’s private sector experience includes service as engineering director and executive management for the world’s leading manufacturer of military and space simulation and training systems. He has served on the Commission on Information Technology and the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission where he chaired the Intellectual Property Committee.
Stolle has served on the Technology Transition teams for Governors Warner, Kaine and McDonnell, and he served on Governor Warner’s Higher Education Task Force and the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Task Force, and Youth Internet Safety Task Force.
Other appointments include membership on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Information Systems Advisory Board and on the Executive Advisory Committee at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. Stolle is also Vice Chair of Virginia FIRST’s Robotics Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Technology Alliance.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Stolle served on active duty and in the Reserves as a Navy pilot and retired with the rank of Commander.
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CIT is a nonprofit corporation that accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies. CIT creates new technology companies through capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT is now listed on the GSA MOBIS Schedule, Special Item Numbers (SINs) SIN 874-1 for Consulting Services and SIN 894-2 for Facilitation Services. Its CAGE Code is 1UP71.
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