Keith brings nearly 20 years of experience in early stage investing, technology commercialization, and M&A across a range of industries including life sciences, health care, animal health, agtech, and telecom.
Keith was a Managing Director at the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) from 2009 to July of 2015 where he was instrumental in developing the organization’s investment thesis and venture platform, and led the health care and health IT investing practice. In this role, Keith led investments in Health Outcomes Sciences, TVAX Biomedical, and Elias Animal Health. Keith continues to chair the Health Outcomes Sciences Board and remains an observer at Elias Animal Health and TVAX Biomedical.
Prior to joining the KBA, Keith led global technology development and operations teams at H&R Block and Quintiles Transnational. Before that, Keith joined a startup called Birch Telecom, where as a systems engineer he designed and supported back office systems. While at Birch Keith was recognized as a high performer and advanced quickly as Birch entered a rapid growth period, and held a variety of management positions in IT and corporate development and eventually led merger integration programs before leaving in 2005. Keith started his career in innovation in 1997 at GlobalVision Systems where he designed a managed services product set including email, web hosting and firewall security that differentiated GlobalVision from its competition, and eventually helped the company get acquired in a regional roll-up.
Keith also serves as a Principal Advisor for The Larta Institute’s Commercialization Assistance Programs and advises entrepreneurs as a TechStars mentor, as well as serving on regional venture capital conference selection committees.
Keith is a Kauffman Fellow, completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at Berkeley, earned his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of business, and earned a BS in Finance from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Keith also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Blue Valley CAPS program, a nationally recognized, innovative high school program for high-achieving students, serves on the Board of the DARTnet Institute, a nonprofit focused on collecting medical practice data with the goal of improving care, and was named to Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under 40” class for 2014.