The CEO Dinner series is one of the Club's longest standing institutions. Each month our Professional Members have the opportunity to join the CEO of a local company for a private dinner. These events are intentionally limited to 12 people so everyone has an opportunity to share in a robust and inclusive discussion. Attendees can make connections not only with the CEO, but also with the other driven young professionals in attendance. The CEOs represent a wide range of companies and industries and whether big or small, public or private, well-known or niche, good conversation is had by all.
About Keith :
Keith Williams is the general manager of ESPN Cleveland and vice president of Good Karma Brands, an integrated marketing company that specializes in sports marketing, customized events, home and wireless solutions.
In 2007, Keith moved to Cleveland, Ohio from Wisconsin to join the ESPN Cleveland team and lead the office through a period of immense growth from simply a radio station to becoming the go-to source for Cleveland sports fans.
Keith has been named a 2013 Crains’ Cleveland Business Journal Forty under 40 recipient, and serves on the board of A Kid Again, sits on the Velosano Steering Committee and now serves on the Board of Directors for COSE; he also has served on the board of the French Creek YMCA. Prior to joining Good Karma Brands in 1999, Keith worked at AT&T in their procurement division as a contract specialist.
Keith was raised in New Jersey and graduated from Penn State with a degree in Business Logistics in 1997. He currently resides in Avon with his wife, Sonya, and son, Bryce.
Sam Pines is a Vice President/Partner at Good Karma Brands (GKB).
Sam grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Lehigh University in 1997 with his Bachelors in Accounting. He earned his CPA in the fall of 1997 and worked in Audit for Arthur Andersen. In 2000, Sam moved to Madison, Wisc. to join founder and CEO, Craig Karmazin and four other partners of GKB to operate the company's first three radio stations.
In 2006, Sam moved to Cleveland to lead the acquisition of two stations, now ESPN 850 WKNR and ESPN 1540 KNR2. Day to day Sam’s main role is centered around the sales team in Cleveland and sales strategy for the company.
Sam is involved in the Cleveland community and is a involved in the following boards and charitable organizations, Boys and Girls Club, The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Milestones Autism Resources, the Cleveland Police Foundation, Autism Speaks and NE Ohio Chapter of National Football Foundation.
Sam lives in Solon with his wife, Deborah and their two daughters, Ellie (9) and Zoey (7).
This event is sponsored by Skylight Financial Group