Small Business Owner in Wichita, Kansas
Keith is the President and CEO of Jet AirWerks, LLC, a FAA Part 145 repair station focusing on repair and overhaul of GE and CFMI commercial jet engines. The company is located in Arkansas City, Kansas.
He served in the US Navy from 1975 until his honorable discharge with the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate First-Class (E-6) in 1985.
Navy Duty Stations:
VP-9, NAS Moffett Field, California - 1975-1979
NS Rota, Spain - 1979-1983
VP-68, NAS Patuxent River, MD (USN-R) 1983-1985
In 1979, Keith received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroic action of saving the lives of a fellow sailor and her child from a gas-filled home while stationed in Rota, Spain.
A life-time member of American Legion Post 408 & VFW Mens Auxiliary 7253 & member of the Wichita Independent Business Assoc., Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Aero Club and a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and Derby Community Foundation.
He was the Democratic candidate for the Kansas State Senate in the 28 Senate District in Wichita in 2012 & 2016 - former Kansas Democratic Party Veterans & Military Families Caucus Chair
Gold Star Father-in-Law and is an advocate for Military, Military Families & Veterans.
Keith has been an actor, writer and filmmaker – in addition to several screenplays and numerous acting roles to his credit, Keith wrote and produced "Miles Apart", a feature film released in Hong Kong in 2000.
He was a runner & has run many road races over the years - below are his running and racing highlights:
Rota Marathon - 1979 (Spain)
Frankfurt Marathon - 1981 (Germany)
London Marathon - 1982 (UK)
St. Mary's Marathon - 1983
Dallas White Rock Marathon - 1989
Pikes Peak Ascent - 1990, 1991 & 1992
Pittsburgh Marathon - 1991
Keith and his family lived in Manila, RP from 92 to 95 where he trained and became a PADI Rescue Diver and logged several hundred open water dives.
Born Keith De Soto in Santa Maria, CA in 1957 with Hispanic roots – he was raised and adopted by his Step Father.
Keith and Thérèse have six children and four grandchildren and make their home in Derby, Kansas.