BA 1997, Communication, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of KJK Sports, LLC; former President and Founder SDI Camps & Races, LLC, Lafayette, IN
Kevin Keckler is a proud Boilermaker alum who has resided in West Lafayette since graduating in 1997. After studying communication at Purdue, which included three years of work on the Purdue Exponent's sports desk, he began working for Gold & Black Illustrated as the assistant editor. Following four years of memorable moments covering the Old Gold & Black, Kevin decided to put his sales skills to the test with a local company -School Datebooks. They produced the Mortar Board that were so popular! He began as a college sales rep and within two years was promoted to Assistant Sales Director. Under Kevin's guidance, the SDI college sales market went from 30 customers to more than 850.
In 2008, Kevin wanted to try his hand at something different. Along with the ownership at SDI, he launched SDI Camps -an online registration company for sports camps across the nation. His company created its niche by doing custom website design and building the processing into the site itself. In just eight short years, the company grew to more than 450 customers, which totaled a robust $25 million in online transactions. This grabbed the attention of other companies and in August of 2016 SDI Camps was acquired by Blue Star Sports (BSS) in Frisco, Texas.
Kevin left BSS in December of 2017 and is currently in the final stages of launching a new startup with a focus on NCAA athletics. His time at Purdue helped him build incredible relationships with numerous people -many of whom he still communicates with. Kevin looks forward to bringing his personality and experience to the board for this upcoming term.
Locally, Kevin has been a volunteer with the Wabash Township Fire Department for 16 years and currently is in his sixth year as Assistant Chief and the twelfth line officer. The WTFD responds to more than 1,200 medical and fire calls annually. He has also participated in many different sales presentations, mock interviews and group discussions with classes at Purdue and the sales staff at the Exponent. He takes advantage of any chance to share his experiences with students. Kevin's family includes his wife Holly, also a Purdue grad and an asociate director of recruiting and advising in the College of Pharmacy, as well as 11-year old daughter Kari and 9-year old son Bryce.