From Fortune 500 to venture-backed CEO, Keith has helped companies for over 25 years to reinvent categories and achieve extraordinary growth by doing three main things:
He has raised over $50 million in venture funding, led or advised 10 exit events, and has been involved in every stage and size of business. Prior to starting two of his own businesses, Keith received engineering and business degrees from Cornell and MIT, assisted in the sale of a family business to a Fortune 500 company, and was involved in the early rollout and explosive growth of Bloomberg.
His own businesses have reached #20 on the Deloitte Fast 500, landed on the Entrepreneur 500, and received widespread press coverage for disruptive innovation and rapid growth. Keith also advises the CEOs and investors of several companies.
Keith finished near the top of his class at Cornell with a degree in Computer Science, while also holding numerous leadership positions on campus. He then received a full-tuition Leaders for Global Organizations fellowship from MIT where he earned two masters' degrees in two years -- in EE/CS and Management.
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Medical imaging printer
Terminal technology supplier
Keith was recruited to lead and rapidly scale operations at West Egg Systems (acquired by Bloomberg), supplier of the Bloomberg terminal during Bloomberg's explosive early growth. Before that, he was recruited to work on innovative new initiatives within two mature companies: first in the Artificial Intelligence Lab at DEC and then as a manager on a cross-functional team bringing an innovative digital medical imaging printer to market at Polaroid.
Keith returned to this family electronics business after the passing of his father, Alfred Camhi, co-founder and president, and helped in the leadership and transitioning (sale to Dover). Vectron was the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of crystal oscillators.
Led FitLinxx to pioneer and become the industry standard in the emerging commercial fitness-tech category – raising over $50 million of venture capital, rolling out over 500 locations serving millions of exercisers worldwide, and going from basement startup to #20 nationally on Deloitte's Fast 500 list of rapidly growing tech companies – prior to merging with a supplier of consumer-wearable fitness tracking devices.
Developed and patented innovative technology to help children build motor and sports skills through directed play, and packaged the offering into an award-winning franchise system. Rolled out dozens of locations nationally serving over 50,000 children. Named to Entrepreneur's Franchise 500, Entrepreneur's Top 50 New Franchises, and Franchise Business Review's top franchises in children's enrichment.
Keith also provides advisory services to CEO's, investors and boards of a limited number of exciting high-potential concepts. Learn more >
Keith is an award-winning innovator with a proven track record of creating new products and services that have defined new categories and re-defined existing ones. He draws from a broad base of education and experience in technology, marketing, consumer behavior, product design, operations, marketing and management. With a deep background in all stages of defining, designing, developing and operationalizing new concepts, a broad view of leading edge technologies from various fields, and extensive experience leading multilevel cross-functional teams to excel, he has proven to be a versatile leader of innovative businesses.
Long before the term IoT was coined, Keith co-founded and led
FitLinxx to become the first company to attach sensors to and
computerize weight stack equipment, connect it and cardio
equipment to a network to collect workout data, and enable
exercisers (and their trainers) to track results on the
See vintage brochure >
Keith developed patented interactive technology for Great Play
to turn practicing skills like throwing, kicking and hitting
into play, and packaged into a franchise system ranked in the
Entrepreneur Franchise 500.
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Great Play redefined the children's physical development category when Keith and
Jyl re-imagined static, apparatus-based facilities as
interactive tech-enabled spaces - making the offering
dramatically more fun and more developmentally valuable.
See Huffington Post article >
Keith is a pioneer in using technology and behavioral science
to help consumers make lifestyle changes. Hospital wellness
centers, YMCA's, and even pro athletes adopted his
See presentation on the behavioral science of fitness program adherence >
Before big data was called big data, Keith led his team at FitLinxx to work with the US Air Force on a population health program, using exercise data mined from the gym and from offsite workouts to assess, track and improve troop readiness. (Keith pictured with Gen. Bill Begert, PACAF commander, reviewing the system.)
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Keith has a long history of creating new markets and outflanking larger competitors to win hotly contested existing markets, by employing a combination of superior product, go-to-market, and capital strategy.
To compete with an entrenched Goliath, Keith and co-founder Andy Greenberg combined a nimble product strategy with a proven, "borrowed" partnering strategy and won the battle for the commercial fitness tech category.
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To defeat much larger, entrenched competition, Keith quickly develops a superior understanding of the end-user experience by rapidly iterating on prototypes. Doing so he’s reinvented the children’s physical development category with Great Play’s patented Interactive Gym, and he introduced computerized personal training.
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To roll Great Play out in a capital efficient way, Keith employed a franchise model, avoiding the need for equity investment after the seed stage. The company reached Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and Franchise Business Review's top 100.
See SBO article >
In a Geoffrey Moore-inspired strategy, Keith bet all of FitLinxx’s limited resources on YMCA’s – one of the smaller markets in the fitness industry. By developing a complete solution to the challenge of engaging and retaining the “ready to be fit” population, FitLinxx landed its first beachhead and scaled quickly.
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Keith has consistently led teams to achieve outsized results by attracting great talent, creating and articulating a clear vision, defining strategies to achieve the vision, and aligning and motivating internal teams and external stakeholders behind it.
Keith enjoys applying his energy and skills in exciting, category-changing ways, including leading or advising innovative, rapid-growth businesses, or innovative divisions of more established companies. Details >back to top