Office of Student Life

KBK Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program

Keith B. Key

  • Title: CEO, KBK Enterprises, Omni Management Group

As CEO of Keith B. Key Enterprises and Omni Management Group, Keith brings a host of banking disciplines and entrepreneurial skills to the operations and financial management of both corporations. Keith has been involved with over $1 billion dollars of real estate development, inclusive of residential, commercial and religious-oriented projects.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Keith received his Bachelor of Science in economics from The Ohio State University and is a former Ohio State football player. Following graduation, he entered a career in banking with Huntington National Bank. During his tenure at Huntington, Keith became one of the founding fathers of the bank's nationally recognized Community Centered Banking Program. Keith’s banking career provided him with experiences in the areas of trust, investments, commercial real estate lending, small business lending, mortgage banking and more. Later, he embarked upon a career in bank consulting with P.T. & Associates where he managed seven sites, aiding Huntington National Bank’s affiliates in the implementation of the Community Centered Banking Program and community development projects. Along with managing seven sites, Keith worked directly with over 150 churches and faith-based institutions. After a successful career in banking and bank consulting, Keith, along with partner Adam Troy, founded Omni Management Group (OMG). OMG, in addition to working with banks and private corporations, engaged in real estate development. OMG, in only a few years, became one of America’s largest African American real estate development firms. OMG has completed single and multi-family housing, as well as commercial office projects, primarily in urban communities. In an effort to expand in real estate development and business formation, Keith founded Keith B. Key Enterprises. KBK Enterprises is a multidimensional corporation, strategically positioned to develop real estate in urban America and to form business enterprises to serve businesses and governmental bodies. KBK Enterprises has offices in Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and New Orleans, Louisiana. As a further commitment to KBK Enterprises mission of “changing lives by going beyond bricks and sticks,” the KBK Foundation was formed. The KBK Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, which provides community supportive services to residents of properties either owned or managed by KBK. The Foundation’s primary focus includes: quality affordable housing, economic development, social services, entrepreneurship and Section 3 training.

Keith has also provided community service and leadership to the following organizations: Columbus State Community College Foundation; Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church; The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Charities; The Ohio State University Alumni Association; The Ohio State University Foundation and numerous other committees and councils. He recently contributed $1 million to support the Office of Student Life’s Center for Student Leadership and Service. The office has been appropriately renamed The Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service.

Keith was also the first non-pastor board member of the Housing Commission of the National Baptist Convention. Keith is married to Donica D. Key. They have two daughters, Danielle and Darienne and one son, Keith Brandon.