Richard L. Keyser

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Richard L. Keyser

Richard L. Keyser

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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Career Highlights

W.W. Grainger, Inc.
GHC Specialty Brands LLC

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1755

Number of Boards

14

Birthday

1943

Age

77

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Chief Executive Officer at Zebra Technologies Corp.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Regional Chairman at President's Commission on White House Fellowship

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Through Ownership/Position at Front Barnett Associates LLC

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Vice Chair, Finance at The Field Museum of Natural History

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Strategic Partner at NextGen Growth Partners LLC

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Majority Owner at Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.

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Partner at Edgewater Funds LP

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Co-Founder at higi SH LLC

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Former Secretary, Senior Vice President-Human Resources & General Counsel at True Value Co.

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Richard L. Keyser
Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Education
MBA
Class of 1971

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

BS

As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the Academy for four years, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees and then commissioning as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Memberships
Life Member
1995 - Current

The Commercial Club of Chicago resulted from the 1907 merger of two predecessor Chicago clubs: the Merchants Club (organized in 1896) and the Commercial Club (organized in 1877). Its most active members included George Pullman, Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, George Armour, Frederic Delano, Sewell Avery, Rufus C. Dawes, and Julius Rosenwald. The club has promoted Chicago's economic development for generations and championed member Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago (1909), also known as Burnham's plan. The plan gave the blueprint for the future growth and development of the entire Chicago region.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
Prior

GHC Specialty Brands LLC distributes industrial and safety equipment. It products include air monitors, chemical storage, spill clean-up products, eyewash stations, fire extinguishers, cleaning solutions, material handling, tools, and electrical and HVAC equipment. The company was founded by Donald D. Hedberg and Gerry Hedberg on April 1, 1973 and is headquartered in Janesville, WI

President-Hycalog Division
Prior

NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NL) conducts its component products operations through its majority-owned subsidiary, CompX International, Inc. NL also owns a significant interest in Kronos Worldwide, Inc., a global producer and marketer of value-added titanium dioxide pigments (“TiO2”). CompX is among the world’s largest producers of precision ball bearing slides, security products and ergonomic computer support systems. CompX’s precision ball bearing slides are for use in moving drawers and containers in office furniture, electromechanical units and computer-related applications. CompX’s security products are used for a wide variety of applications, including computers, office furniture and cabinetry, vending machines, postal boxes and motorcycles. CompX’s ergonomic computer support systems and accessories are highly engineered products designed to provide ergonomic benefits for business and other sophisticated users. CompX’s products are principally designed for use in medium to high-end product applications, where design, quality and durability are critical to CompX’s customers. Kronos’ TiO2 products are sold under the widely recognized Kronos® brand name and are utilized in a diverse range of customer applications and end-use markets, including coatings, plastics, paper and other industrial and consumer markets. Kronos’ broad range of over 40 TiO2 pigment products are “quality of life” products that significantly enhance the key characteristics of its customers’ end-products by imparting whiteness, brightness and opacity. Kronos and its predecessors have produced and marketed TiO2 pigments and related products for over 80 years, and Kronos has an estimated global market share based on 2003 sales volume of 12%. Kronos also operates an ilmenite mine in Norway, which supplies feedstock to certain of its manufacturing plants and to third parties, and manufactures and sells iron-based co-product chemicals and titanium chemicals

Executive Advisor Partner
Prior - 2015

Wind Point Advisors LLC is an active manager which invests in companies located in the US with an enterprise value from $100 to $500 million, and a minimum EBITDA of $10 million. The firm follows of internet of industrial products, consumer products and business services. It provides financing for buyout and add-on acquisition transactions with investment size ranging from $50 to $100 million. It also makes controlling investments.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2008 - Current

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions. Zebra's extensive portfolio of barcode, receipt, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies, as well as real-time location solutions give a digital voice to assets, people and transactions that provides greater visibility into mission-critical information.

Member, Operating Advisory Board
Current

Prism Capital Corp. manages the Prism Mezzanine Fund and the Prism Opportunity Fund.The Prism Opportunity Fund provides expansion capital to growing companies in the information technology, healthcare, manufacturing and services sectors. The Fund does not invest in start-ups. Initial investments range from $1 million to $3 million in rounds totaling $2 million to $15 million. They focus on companies in the Midwestern US.The Prism Mezzanine Fund provides subordinated debt to lower middle-market, mature industrial, distribution and business services companies. The Fund seeks companies with revenues greater than $10 million and EBITDA greater than $2 million. Capital is typically used for internal growth, recapitalizations, mergers, acquisitions and ownership changes. Investments range up to $8 million.

Independent Director
2002 - Prior

Principal Financial Group, Inc. is a financial company, which offers financial products and services to businesses, individuals and institutional clients. It specializes in retirement solutions, insurance, and investment products through its diverse family of financial services companies and national network of financial professionals. It operates its business through following segments: Retirement and Income Solutions, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, U.S. Insurance Solutions and Corporate. The Retirement and Income Solutions segment provides retirement and related financial products and services primarily to businesses, their employees and other individuals. The Principal Global Investors segment provides asset management services to asset accumulation business, insurance operations, corporate segment and third party clients and also refers to mutual fund business. The Principal International segment offers pension accumulation products and services, mutual funds, asset management, income annuities and life insurance accumulation products. The U.S. Insurance Solutions segment operates through two divisions. Specialty benefits insurance division consists of group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, group life insurance and non-medical fee-for-service claims administration. Individual life insurance division provides solutions for small & medium-sized businesses. The Corporate segment manages the assets representing capital that has not been allocated to any other segment. The company was founded by Edward A. Temple in 1879 and is headquartered in Des Moines, IA.

Chairman, Board of Directors
Current

National Merit Scholarship Corp. conducts academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Evanston, IL.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

The Field Museum of Natural History houses biological and anthropological collections of specimens. It supports both informal and more structured public learning through exhibits and educational programs. Its curatorial and scientific staff conducts research on the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. The Field Museum was founded in 1893 and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Director
Current

The USNA Alumni Association is a non-profit, independent corporation with a full-time professional staff. A Board of Trustees elected and appointed from active membership develops and oversees the policies and programs, with a President/CEO responsible for the day-to-day management and operations. The Association consists of all Alumni, Associate Members, and parents of Midshipmen. The Alumni Association provides services to alumni and advocacy for the Naval Academy through alumni.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$50K - $100K
2015

The Field Museum of Natural History houses biological and anthropological collections of specimens. It supports both informal and more structured public learning through exhibits and educational programs. Its curatorial and scientific staff conducts research on the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. The Field Museum was founded in 1893 and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

$50K +
2014

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Opened on May 30, 1930, the 5,000,000 US gal (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) aquarium was for some time the largest indoor facility in the world. Today it holds some 32,000 animals. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is located on Lake Michigan, on the Museum Campus Chicago, along with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. In 2015, the aquarium had 2.02 million visitors. It was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for "best exhibit" from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

$8,000 - $15K
2014

The Field Museum of Natural History houses biological and anthropological collections of specimens. It supports both informal and more structured public learning through exhibits and educational programs. Its curatorial and scientific staff conducts research on the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. The Field Museum was founded in 1893 and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Political Donations
$1,000
2013

Former Representative from Illinois's 10th Congressional District

$2,500
2011

Former Representative from Illinois's 10th Congressional District

$2,400
2010

Former Senator from Illinois

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