Keith Bank

CEO and Founder, KP Partners

Keith Bank
Keith Bank is the Founder and has been the CEO of KB Partners since its inception in 1996. His most successful and notable exits have included Club Champion Golf,, Buddy Media, Fusion Risk Management, and MST Analytics. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and oversees the firm’s investments in multiple companies, including Phenix Real Time Solutions, Club Champion Golf, Streamlayer, Omorpho, 3ICE and Shot Quality. Prior to organizing KB Partners’ venture funds, Mr. Bank was an active investor in various early stage and start-up technology companies in a wide variety of industries, including the consumer, semiconductor, medical, real estate, and information technology arenas. Mr. Bank previously co-founded and served on the Board and as President of MST Analytics, Inc., which was very successfully sold to ATMI, Inc., a public company, in 1999. Before forming KB Partners, Mr. Bank served for seven years as a Principal at Hiffman Shaffer Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based national real estate development, investment, management and brokerage firm. His other career highlights include co-founding a chain of deep discount drugstores, acquiring and completing a successful turnaround of a woman's apparel manufacturing and sales company, and procuring the equity and debt financing for, and producing feature films Tommy’s Honour (BAFTA Scotland Best Film of the Year) and Heaven Is a Playground. He got his start in venture investing as the founder of a Chicago angel investment group, which he formed to allow entrepreneurs to present their business plans to a diverse group of potential individual investors. Additionally, he served as Founder and Chairman of the Chicago Select Golf Invitational, which in its 28+ years of existence has raised over $15 million for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the largest and most successful events of its kind in the country. Mr. Bank was honored in 1999 as a “40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business, and as a Who’s Who of Chicago Executives by Crain’s several times. He was one of the Founders and served as the Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, where he also was honored in 2006 with its prestigious Fellows Medal. He also serves on the board of NU Wave, an investment entity affiliated with the Northwestern University endowment and athletic department. Mr. Bank graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA degree with honors from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He recently completed his goal of playing the Golf Digest Top 100 U.S. golf courses and the Golf Magazine World Top 100 courses.

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