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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 has 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 2010, along with PSI 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 engineering company 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:

Board Member and Past Board Chair – Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board Board Member and Past Board Chair – Alvis

Board Member – Isabelle Ridgeway Supporting Foundation

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

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