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Founder and CEO

Keith Stevens

Keith Stevens

A Columbus, Ohio resident, Keith founded Proteam Solutions Inc. (PSI) in 1992 with a loan of $500 as a provider of light industrial and clerical staffing services in the greater Columbus area. He guided the company from a one-man start-up to an award-winning, multi-million-dollar Business Technology Consulting firm providing senior-level consulting services to both the Private and Public Sector. In 2022 Keith and his partner/brother Doug Stevens sold Proteam Solutions, Inc.


In 2010, along with partner Doug Stevens, Keith formed Proteam WFS, LLC as a provider of employment-of-record services to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. In 2020 Proteam WFS was rebranded as UpRys.


In 2018, alongside Brandon Durbin, Keith co-founded the San Francisco-based Technology Consulting firm, Akava, LLC, a software development and talent studio offering expertise in DevOps, Cloud Transformation and Software Development.



Proteam Solutions Inc. (PSI), Founder & CEO

UpRys, Founder & CEO

Akava, LLC, Co-Founder and Principal


Areas of Expertise:


Strategic Planning

Business Technology Consulting





Recognized by Inc. Magazine

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner

Named one of Columbus’ Best CEO’s by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine

Named one of five finalists in the Columbus Chamber’s Small Business Leader award


Community Involvement:

Past Board Member and Board Chair – Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Member and Immediate Past Board Chair – Alvis

Board Member – Isabelle Ridgeway Supporting Foundation

Past Board Member and Board Chair – Community for New Direction (CND)

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