VSF Board of Directors: Keith king


Keith king

Military History

Keith King enlisted in the U.S Army in 1969 and after completing the Military Police Advance training he was sent directly to Vietnam.  He served with the 18th Brigade (218th and 630th MP companies) and was a specialist E-4 when he got out.  Keith was based in the Central highlands of Vietnam mostly in Nha Trang and Cam Ranh Bay but served all over the Central Highlands, as a convoy escort gunner, he worked an M-60 Machine gun out of an open gun jeep and on occasion gunned from the V-100's  His awards include The Vietnam Campaign ribbon with device (M-60 machine gun), Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 bronze campaign stars), Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Medal.

Volunteer History

August 2013 – Present
Founder and President, National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
After years of discussions on why Corporate America had not included Service Disabled Veteran and Veteran Owned Businesses in their Supplier Diversity purchasing program, it became clear the only way to inclusion was through a viable certification program.  With the support of the Minority and Woman certification organizations and key Corporations we conducted our “beta test” on April 2, 2014 and received tacit approval of our certification process. We have developed the only third party Veteran Business Certification program in America and plan to launch the program nationally in 2014.

July 2011- August 2013
President, Michigan Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Roundtable
Became President in July 2011 and developed the by-laws, committee structure and appointed Committee Chairs.  Developed the levels of membership and the membership application and began recruitment efforts.  Organized material to present to the Governor’s staff on the history of the 2005 SDVOB law, Veteran information and discussed the reasons for the failure by the State to reach the goals in August 2011 meeting.  Fellow officers and members of the Board of Directors launch grassroots campaign to find SDVOSB’s in Michigan. Roundtable was included in the 2005 SDVOB law as an advisory group to the Governor and Legislature.

March 2012
Keith was named the State of Michigan, Mid-West Regional and National Veteran Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the first Veteran from Michigan to ever win the National Champion award.
 As quoted from the SBA award letter: “Specifically, you have combined your professional and entrepreneurial career with your passion to assist veterans, especially veteran entrepreneurs, not only in the Detroit area but across our great state and the nation.  Through your position as National Public Affairs Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans of America and as a member of the Economic Opportunity Committee, you helped promote the idea of Veteran owned businesses throughout the country.  Your involvement with Vet Force and their interaction with all of the Veteran Service Organizations helped to create the first Veteran Business Owners Conference”.

September 2008-Present
Secretary, Veterans Memorial Park of Detroit (Veterans Park Foundation, Inc.)
Elected to the Board of Directors for the Foundation, then elected Secretary.  The purpose of the Veterans Park Foundation is to build a Park to honor all Detroit Veterans.  Detroit is the largest American City without a permanent Park or Memorial honoring its Veterans.  We are in negotiations with the various departments of the City of Detroit to secure the land and build an appropriate memorial to our Veterans.

October 2006-Present
National President, Veterans Support Foundation (VSF) and the
                                  United States Armed Forces Association (USAFA)
Became President in January 2007, implemented various fund raising programs and have launched an aggressive fund raising agenda.  Recruited new members to the Board of Directors of the VVAF to complete the new programs and to assist in defining the future direction of the VVAF. Created the Veterans Support Foundation to replace the VVAF to insure the future of the foundation and the work we do on behalf of Veterans. Created the USAFA to serve other Veteran Programs not supported by the VSF and launched the fund raising efforts generating over $5 Million to date.

July 2005-October 2011
National Public Affairs Chairman, Vietnam Veterans of America
Oversaw the change of the National VVA web site into an interactive e-commerce site.  Hired the new National Magazine Sales Representatives to increase revenue for our national Membership Newsletter the “Veteran” and implemented the change from newspaper into magazine stock.  Created the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial logo for the VVA and launched an integrated Public Service campaign using the web, TV and radio PSA’s. 

May 1993-April 2003
Appointed Trustee of Michigan Veteran's Trust Fund by Governor John Engler
Policy making Board which oversees $50 million trust with full and part time employees and hundreds of volunteer staff covering all 83 Michigan counties. Elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees February 1996-1997, re-elected 1997-1998 and again 2001-2002. Involved in effort to have Constitutional amendment protecting the MVTF from legislative raids placed on November 1996 ballot (Proposal C) and helped organize state wide campaign in support (Passed with 75%). Developed position and language for the Board's request for Attorney General's ruling, clarifying the Board's new Constitutional authority and protection. Ruling was favorable to the Board and Veterans of Michigan.

July 1992-Nov 2001
Appointed State Commissioner of Michigan Vietnam Monument Commission:
Oversee all facets of the design, construction and fund raising efforts to build Michigan's Vietnam Monument. Chairman of Public Relations Committee, secured pro-bono agency and oversaw creation of two award winning campaigns on behalf of the commission. Over $700,000 worth of Television, Cable, Radio, Newspaper, and Magazine ads were placed pro-bono. Credited with raising $2.8 of the $3.2 Million needed to complete the monument.
Mar 1982-June 1986
Founding member, State of Michigan Council Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Elected three consecutive terms as State Chairman/President. First Vietnam Veterans of America State Council President to be seated on State Commander's Group. Assisted in creating the language and passage of Michigan House Concurrent Resolution #819, the first State to officially endorse the awarding of a Federal Charter to the VVA, passed in 1985. Received funding from State of Michigan for VVA State Service Officers Program, the first state funded service officer program of the VVA in the country, hired first State Service Director.

Nov 1980- Present
Life Member, VVA Chapter #9, Detroit

One of the original fifty members and elected five consecutive terms to the Board of Directors. Served four years as Publisher and Editor of “The Aftermath” an award winning monthly chapter newspaper.  Currently serve as Chapter delegate to VVA State and National Conventions.  Elected Chapter Secretary in 2004 and reelected in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Professional Experience

Keith King is the President and CEO of Keith King & Associates and has 40 years’ experience in advertising and public relations. He worked for the (then) parent Corporations of ABC, CBS and Sinclair Broadcasting television stations. He is the primary project manager on all business.

As a GSA contract holder and a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) by the VA at www.vip.vetbiz.gov he has over 12 years’ experience in Federal contracting.  The GSA has reviewed all completed projects awarded to Keith King & Associates and issued their Administrative Report Card July 17, 2012 that rated Keith King & Associates as “EXCEPTIONAL” for their performance under both GSA contracts.  Keith King & Associates GSA contracts have been extended until August, 2019.

Keith has completed the US Army accessions command (USAAC) institutional review board (IRB) protocol for human research behavioral and social sciences and is a certified principal investigator.  He has received notice that his second IRB sanctioned study protocols have been approved by the USAAC and the VA Ann Arbor IRB.  Keith has earned a VA Privacy and information security certificate and has a Veterans Affair: NACI/OPM security clearance.

He studied Communications at University of Pittsburgh and over the last 20+ years he attended a multitude of industry sales and management training programs conducted by the RAB, TVB, INTV, NAB, DMA and the Sterling Institute. He graduated from Macomb County Comm. College: Warren, Mi with an Associates Degree in Business Management with Honors.

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