Keith Kelly King

Keith Kelly King

Keith King, of Redford Township, Michigan, was born in Highland Park, Michigan on July 19, 1950. He graduated from Thurston High School in 1968. Keith enlisted in the Army as a Private at Detroit, Michigan on August 6, 1969 at the age of 19. King completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with follow on Advanced Individual Training for military police at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He served in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1970 with the 218th Military Police Company at Nha Trang; 18th Brigade, 630 and 218th MP companies at Cam Ranh Bay protecting supply convoys running ammunition along the dangerous routes to American troops.

Keith is one of the strongest veteran advocates I know. He has worked tirelessly to promote positive veteran issues and awareness. I have known him for over thirty years, and he is as dedicated as ever. Keith is a loyal family man and a great friend.

Mike Sand, Macomb County Government official

Keith was assigned to the 28th Artillery Group at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Spec. 4 King was honorably discharged by the Army on August 18, 1971 and had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device (M-60 machine gun) and one overseas bar. His qualifications included sharpshooter marksmanship with the M-14 rifle, expert marksmanship with the M-16 rifle. Keith earned and Associates degree in Business from McComb Community College in 1976. In March 2012, King 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 win this national award. His leadership positions in the community has included: Director of Retail Sales, WJR-AM & FM 1976-1984; Sales Manager, WPTT-TV 1986-1989; Vice President for New Business Development, J.K. Kidd and Company 1993-1996; President and Chief Executive Officer, Keith King & Associates, LLC 1998-Present ; National Public Affairs Chairman, Vietnam Veterans of America 2005-2011 and President, National Veteran Business Development Council of Detroit 2013-Present.

Keith is a forward thinker that has the ability to organize people to move forward with him. He has proven himself many times over. He is always very organized is a pleasure working with him.

Paul Rose Jr., General Motors/Eaton Corporation