Keith grew up in Lake Forest, IL and received his BA in Classics from Lawrence University and an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University. In 1979 he joined Herman's World of Sporting Goods in New York City and left as VP of Merchandising for Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Team Sports, and Exercise to buy a small sporting goods distributor. He sold his company in 2004 and found himself very involved in nonprofits during his "retirement". He has served nonprofits such as the Berkshire School Board and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Keith and his wife Lisa now live in Three Forks, Montana.