Bob serves as Senior Vice President, Chief of Business Operations at Seventh Knight, headquartered in Ridgeland, MS. Mr. Blakely is responsible for business growth of the enterprise as well as managing and developing the staff. Additionally, Bob is an Instructor / Counselor supporting the Boots to Business Veteran outreach program at Mississippi State University.
Previously, Mr. Blakely served as Vice President and Director of Operations, Vista Technical Services (VTS), headquartered in San Antonio, TX. VTS is an Alaska Native Corporation 8(a) providing leading-edge Information Technology, Environmental Services and Logistics solutions for the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. During his tenure, the VTS team increased annual revenue from $400K to over $24M in less than three years.
As Vice President within ITT Corporation’s Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, Herndon, VA, Mr. Blakely was responsible for all aspects of the Information Systems business unit. Within a period of six years, his team grew the business from $38M in annual sales to over $300M. The unit provided full life cycle execution of Information System Solutions across the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security. The core offering of his division consisted of the integration of information (turning data into knowledge), the sharing of selected information across vertical security domains and horizontal organizational domains and the protection of that information whether at work or rest. Mr. Blakely held numerous other positions at ITT including Deputy Department Manager, Deputy Director Business Development, Six Sigma Black Belt, Strategic Planner, Six Sigma Champion and Vice President, Corporate Development before being assigned profit and loss responsibility.
Mr. Blakely completed a military career serving numerous assignments in the U.S. Navy. He has significant experience in surface, subsurface, air operations and salvage diving. Mr. Blakely is married to the former Patti Davis of Rose Hill, MS and they reside in Madison, MS. Bob holds a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Duke University, a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Bush School, Texas A&M University and is pursuing a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.