Adam Klein

Director of Strategy @ CBC

Adam Klein is Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company –a diversified communications company which owns and operates businesses in television, radio, commercial real estate, technology entrepreneurship, and residential building supplies. He is based in Durham, N.C. — a city that is capturing the national imagination with its Silicon Valley vibe and location just minutes from the world-famous Research Triangle Park.

Prior to his role as Director of Strategy, Klein led The American Underground, a campus for entrepreneurs started by Capitol Broadcasting. Under Klein’s leadership, Google for Entrepreneurs designated The American Underground as one of only eight sites in the country to be part of its Tech Hub network. And at a time when cities are struggling to reinvent themselves, The American Underground has become a national model for how to transform a once-depressed downtown into a magnet for high-growth companies.

In total, The American Underground is home to more than 275 startup companies across 120,000 square feet of space—three buildings in Durham and a location in Raleigh.

This success has garnered major national media coverage, including The Economist , Time Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report , The Atlantic Monthly and TechCrunch , and prompted a visit by the president’s jobs and competitiveness council.

Prior to The American Underground, Klein was Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. He led the Chamber’s entrepreneurship efforts, working to accelerate Durham’s position as the hub for entrepreneurship in the Southeast. Klein co-founded two initiatives, the Bull City Startup Stampede and The Smoffice, which brought nearly 40 startups to downtown Durham and earned national media attention as well as “The Most Unconventional Economic Development Project in the World” award from the World Chambers Congress in Doha, Qatar. Both initiatives were launched for less than $20,000 total. Adam Klein is originally from Brecksville, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Denison University where he was a two-time Academic All-American in golf.