Kevin Willer, '10
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
Kevin is the president and chief executive officer of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. The CEC works with high-potential entrepreneurs to build the next generation of high growth companies in the Chicago area. He works across the entrepreneurial eco-system with startups, investors, government, and industry organizations to accelerate the pace of innovation and rate of success for local entrepreneurs. The CEC will also be managing, operating, and programming 1871, a new startup co-working center for 400 entrepreneurs located at The Merchandise Mart.
Previously, Willer cofounded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over 10 years with Google, Willer helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals. He led the telecom industry practice where his teams managed the Google marketing partnerships with several of the largest telecommunications corporations including AT&T, Sprint, and Motorola. In his additional head of office role, Willer led the civic development efforts for Google's Chicago office. Before Google, Willer held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology.
Willer is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was recently named to Crain's 2011 "40 Under 40" list. He is a director of The Economic Club of Chicago and is a trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy, as well as a regent at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a member of the 2010 Class of Emerging Leaders at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and was named to Governor Quinn's Illinois Innovation Council. He serves on the boards of Children's Memorial Hospital, WHITIA, World Sport Chicago, Urban Students Empowered, the Illinois Technology Association, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Willer earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he serves on the Advisory Board for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. He has a bachelor's degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics. Willer, his wife Victoria, and their children, Jacqueline, Max and Lizzie, reside in Chicago.