Western Division Manager
Silicon Valley Bank
Region: Northern California, Southern California
Bob Blee manages Silicon Valley Bank's commercial banking activities for startup and middle market technology clients throughout California - including Silicon Valley and the broader San Francisco Bay Area, L.A., Orange County and San Diego. He is responsible for the leadership, client relationships, sales, and risk management for SVB’s core constituency of venture-backed and independent technology companies, as well as for SVB's national mezzanine lending practice.
Previously, Blee held a variety of roles in SVB’s Midwest geography, most recently as market manager leading teams in Chicago and Minneapolis, responsible for SVB’s regional tech, life science and clean tech banking practices.
Blee began a career in commercial banking more than 22 years ago and mid-way through that time took a break from banking to be an entrepreneur. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank in 2003, Blee co-founded SAVO, a Chicago-based provider of hosted sales enablement software and services. Before SAVO, Blee spent nine years as a commercial lender and manager at Comerica and LaSalle Banks in Chicago.
While based in SVB’s Chicago office, Blee was an active board member of the Illinois Technology Association and the TechAmerica Midwest chapter. He was also a charter member of TiE Midwest and active in the Illinois Venture Capital Association and Midwest Governors Association. In the Bay Area, he is active with Financial Executives International, Entrepreneur’s Foundation, and several organizations that advance the startup and innovation ecosystem. An alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Blee is also a board member of Illinois’ College of Business Alumni Association.