Keith Bank is the co-founder and Managing Director at KB Partners, and has a diverse background in start-up companies, real estate, and other entrepreneurial ventures. Keith has been a very “hands on” venture capital and angel investor in a wide variety of industries, including the semiconductor, computer hardware and software, medical device, internet, consumer and retail, cable TV and social media arenas.
Keith serves as a board member for Kirtas Technologies, SteadyMed, Ltd., Versatile Sports Partners and Club Champion Golf. He also oversees the firm’s investments in PixelOptics, Inc., Fusion Risk Management and Buddy Media. Keith is a founding board member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and served as its Chairman for 2005-2006. He was the recipient of the IVCA’s prestigious Fellows Medal in 2006. Keith founded, and for 15 years served as the Chairman of the Chicago Select Golf Invitational, the largest American Cancer Society golf fundraising event in the country, which raised over $6.5 million during his tenure. Keith has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “40 Under 40”, a Who’s Who of Chicago Executives and as one of the 100 most prominent members of Chicago’s technology economy. Keith is active in CEO’s against Cancer and NU Wave, an athletic fundraising vehicle for Northwestern University.
Prior to forming KB Partners in 1996, Keith was a Principal at Hiffman Shaffer Associates, a Chicago based national real estate development, investment, management and brokerage firm. There he was instrumental in the development, acquisition, financing, sale, and leasing of over three million square feet with a value in excess of $650 million. Other career highlights include co-founding a discount retail chain, the turnaround of a women’s apparel manufacturing company, and the procuring of equity and debt financing for, and producing a feature film entitled Heaven is a Playground.
Keith is a Magna Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA in Finance with honors from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is 90% of the way towards achieving his goal of playing the Top 100 golf courses in the United States.