As WhiteSpace president and founder, Keeven White wears many hats – including a hard hat. That’s right, he’s been tenaciously restoring our new home, an expansive 1893 fixer-upper that he worked to get on the National Register of Historic Places (which makes Keeven about as hands-on as they come). Raised in a family that owned and operated a printing company, Keeven founded WhiteSpace in his spare bedroom and has instilled that small-business passion and work ethic in every aspect of WhiteSpace. When he’s not operating power tools, Keeven is responsible for creating the WhiteSpace vision and communicating the overall direction to our clients and the community. He is an approachable and involved leader who remains active in terms of creative inspiration, client strategy and core business relationships.
With more than 25 years of experience in brand building, Keeven willingly shares his expertise through round-table discussions and speaker engagements for both students and professionals. Passionate about giving back, he currently serves on several boards, including Direction Home, Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve and Downtown Akron Partnership. In addition to his board service, Keeven graduated from Leadership Akron Class 31 where he gained valuable exposure to the inner workings of the community. He has continued his involvement by working with small committees to plan Entrepreneurship Day and the Civic Solutions Lab. Keeven also has been helping develop a strong entrepreneurial community in Greater Akron by partnering with area organizations like the Fund for Our Economic Future, JumpStart, The City of Akron and Launch League.
When it comes to the community, Keeven’s focus is admirable. He once spent the better part of our 24-hour Pro-Bono Creative Marathon handcrafting the most practical and aesthetically pleasing lace-up basketball delivery box anyone has ever made. Truthfully, Keeven is happiest when he’s being useful (unless he’s watching the Cavs play.)
We’re not the only ones singing Keeven’s praises. Check it out:
- Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, Cascade Capital Business Growth
- Entrepreneur of the Year, The Small Business Council of the Greater Akron Chamber
- 30 for the Future Award, Greater Akron Chamber and LIVE Publishing
- Small Business Leadership Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Central Ohio Chapter
- Corporate College Smart 50 Award, presented by Smart Business
- Crain's Cleveland Business inaugural 40 Under 40
Want to know more? Email us a request for Keeven to share his expertise with your organization. Potential topics for speaking engagements include:
- Community Involvement