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Robert S. Steiner, District Director

Robert S. Steiner

Mr. Steiner is acting Deputy Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Field Operations. In this role, he provides executive leadership and management for SBA’s field organization, comprising over 90 offices covering all 50 States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and U. S. Territories. The field network implements SBA programs and initiatives, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses and the jobs they create.

Mr. Steiner’s permanent position is District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office.  Steiner joined the SBA in February 2013 and leads SBA’s operations across the state of Illinois.  The Illinois District team of small business experts strengthens the entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem by supporting the efficient delivery of capital, comprehensive technical assistance, and access to government contracting.

Prior to joining the SBA, Steiner served with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service.  With the FPS, he managed a $68M budget while overseeing all human capital, logistics, procurement, and support activities.   Steiner joined the Federal Protective Service after eight years in the private sector, with roles in executive management, sales, and marketing.

In the private sector, Steiner worked at DMX, business to business provider of commercial media services and low voltage systems integration.  As Regional General Manager and VP of Operations for the ten-state Midwest region, he directed the sales, operations, financial and human capital activities for a $14M organization.  Prior to DMX, Steiner worked in sales and marketing roles with Stryker, a broadly based medical device company where he managed a product line supporting surgical navigation systems.

A United States Naval Academy graduate, he began his career in the military, serving ten years serving in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer and Naval Aviator. During his naval career, he deployed multiple times in support of naval operations across the world.