Keith has served as State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center since 2015. Keith’s background prior to the SBDC includes extensive experience launching and building various national businesses that began in Michigan.
He began his career at IBM Federal Systems and Systems Integration divisions in Washington D.C. working on a variety of forward-looking technologies before moving back to Michigan to work at X-Rite, Inc., the world’s leader in color science technology,
Keith subsequently embarked on several entrepreneurial endeavors that include serving as CEO of Ideomed, a care-team connected mobile health company with operations in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor; president and co-owner of NuSoft Solutions, headquartered in Troy with offices in Grand Rapids and Cincinnati, Ohio; and CEO/co-founder of Sagestone Consulting, with headquarters in Grand Rapids and offices in Chicago and Columbus. NuSoft and Sagestone built sophisticated technology solutions for various industries that include manufacturing, healthcare, education, finance and other sectors.
He has been a past Ernst & Young Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year, and the companies he has led have received various recognitions such as “Michigan 50 to Watch,” Microsoft’s national education solution of the year, Computer World’s outstanding life science solution and an Edison national award for online innovation.
Keith has also served on a range of for-profit, charitable non-profit and economic development organization boards over the years, including serving as chairman of the State of Michigan SBDC Advisory Board. Keith has been a frequent speaker on future trends in regional and national venues, including testimony before state subcommittees on technology business development and testimony before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on mobile health innovation.
He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Michigan and an M.S.I.S. from Strayer University.
Keith has also been an ultra marathon runner since his youth, with completion of over 200 marathon events in various corners of the state, nation and world over the years. He often makes the analogy of marathons to small business development, noting that each require patience, planning, push, passion and extreme persistence.