John J. Kish
16 Tech Community Corporation
John J. Kish serves as President of the 16 Tech Community Corporation Inc., the entity overseeing the development of the 16 Tech innovation community. As President, Kish leads land acquisition and infrastructure improvements for the global innovation community and will serve in this role while the 16 Tech Community Corporation Board of Directors pursues its global search for a permanent President and CEO.
Kish has spearheaded the development of some of Indianapolis’ most impactful public projects. His most notable accomplishment was the successful completion of the $1.1 billion capital development program for the Indianapolis International Airport. As the Midfield Project Manager, Kish mobilized the planning, design and construction of a 40-gate passenger terminal, new 7,100-car parking garage, air traffic control facility, new public roadway system and interstate highway interchange, fire station, rental car facilities, airline fuel farm and emergency operations center. Kish also served as the airport’s Executive Director and facilitated the transition of the Indianapolis Airport System from a private contractor to direct management by the Indianapolis Airport Authority and its employees.
In 1994, Kish was appointed Executive Director of the Indiana White River Sate Park, where he directed to transformation of an industrial area along the White River into a sprawling 250-acre urban park now home to institutions including the Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theater, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Victory Field and the Indianapolis Zoo. He served earlier in his career as Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Administration under Governor Evan Bayh from 1989 through 1993.
Recent projects include oversight of the Ford Center, a new $128 million, multi-use arena in downtown Evansville, Ind.
Kish is an Indiana University Wells Scholar and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.
16 Tech Community Corporation
Chris Eckerle serves as Vice President for the 16 Tech Community Corporation. In this capacity, he focuses on the operational and financial components associated with the innovation community. He also serves as Project Director for BioCrossroads, promoting the entrepreneurial and institutional opportunities throughout Indiana’s life science community, and as an advisor to the Indiana Seed Funds.
Immediately prior to joining BioCrossroads, Chris spent several years as the Director of Life Sciences for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where he led the state’s initiative to expand, attract, and retain life sciences corporations. He served on the board of directors for Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. and the Indiana Cord Blood Bank.
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University, where he was a two-time Academic All-American, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.