About Keith Kirkpatrick
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has earned recognition as one of Northwest Indiana's leading authorities on organizational leadership and entrepreneurship.
Along with his position of President of the KPM Group, he serves as the Executive Director for Leadership Northwest Indiana.
Keith is a trusted coach and advisor to many businesses, not-for-profits and community leaders.
Literally hundreds of university students, community leaders, and business executives have credited him for enhancing their skills and helping them move toward their potential.
Keith was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership at Indiana University Northwest from 2000-07.
From 1992 through 2000, Keith served as founding Executive Director for the Northwest Indiana Entrepreneurship Academy, working closely with the Northwest Indiana Forum and Small Business Development Center before aiding in the start-up of the Porter County Community Foundation where he served as Executive Director.
has conducted hundreds of seminars in the areas of marketing, team building, customer service, leadership, supervision, strategic thinking, and motivation.
He has taught business classes at Indiana University Northwest and IVY Tech Community College, while serving as a guest lecturer at Purdue University Calumet, Valparaiso University, Purdue North Central and Calumet College.
Keith was recruited to make nine trips to Eastern Europe serving as visiting faculty for the MBA program at Belarus State University and presenting at several universities in Minsk.
He is a former faculty fellow at the Indiana University Tobias Leadership Center.
is a true entrepreneur, having started his
first business at the age of 24 while living in Chicago.
has been involved in the start-up and ownership of several businesses, including screen printing equipment manufacturer, counseling agency, private business school, printing supply distributor, specialty gift production, and equipment importing.
He has served as production manager for a Fortune 500 company, marketing coordinator for a sheltered workshop, sales manager for manufactured housing, construction general contractor, director of community services for a community action program, and director of education for a private business and technical college.
As an owner Keith oversees a property management business, an internet based enterprise marketing distinctive plaques, and a practice offering consultation, training and facilitation in the areas of strategic planning, business feasibility, product development, marketing, and organizational development.
Keith received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Illinois State University and has continued his commitment to life-long learning by taking graduate classes and seminars at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Ball State University.
was recognized by the U.S. Small Business
Administration as its 2003 Indiana Small Business Advocate and by the Northwest Indiana World Trade Council
with its Tai-Pan Award for his
service as President for five years and his
teaching in Eastern Europe.
In 2008 he
was named a Champion of Diversity by Indiana Minority Business Magazine
is committed to community involvement and support.
He chairs the Northwest Indiana Junior Achievement Board and Southshore Leadership Society, while also serving as secretary for the Northwest Indiana Regional Workforce Board.
He sits on the boards of Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council, Race Relations Council, Junior Achievement of Chicago, Small Business Development Center, Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators, Vision 2040 Regional Planning Committee, NWI Business Magazine Editorial Board, IUN Chancellor's Commission on Community Engagement, and Porter County Vocational Education Advisory.
Keith is a member of the International Leadership Association and a devoted Christian leader.
church, Valparaiso First United Methodist, as a worship leader, choir member and Methodist Men's Group Program Chair.
is proud of his
small town roots in Southern Illinois.