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James R. Keene



Born and residing in Cleveland, Ohio Jim started the Keene Family of Companies in 2002, focusing on building products, noise control, building envelope, drainage and ventilation.  The theme has always been to be a marketing and manufacturing company and what better place than Northeastern Ohio to be located for plastics, chemicals and cement technology.  Pioneering the use of a “Structural Strand” product and creating the category that improves the performance of flooring systems in apartment noise control along with walls and roofs for ventilation and drainage, Jim went from working on his own in the basement to 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space in five facilities.  Today, the Keene operations has a coast-to-coast presence in distribution and a significant contractor base in flooring noise control with 20 patents and numerous pending.  It all started with the import of two containers from Europe.  But, bucking the trend, Jim reversed the import strategy and started a manufacturing plant in the USA.  Keene Building Products is the largest manufacturer in its class in North America today.  Educated at Ball State University in accounting and passing the CPA exam, Jim avoided numbers.  He worked in many aspects of noise, concrete and audio/video markets, including three Fortune 500 companies represented in Cleveland.  With a family oriented business today, his son Alex, wife (Cynthia) and son-in-law (Dan Gibson) have all joined in the ventures that include two Weatherhead winners (Dependable Floor Prep and Keene Building Products) for the past three years, a 2018 start-up in resinous flooring, and the resurrection of four local branded companies through acquisition.


Jim is a board member at Tri-C board of directors, a member of the Leadership Board for Multi-Family for the National Association of Home Builders, a member at Canterbury Golf Club and a long-term supporter of the American Cancer Society.


2020 Greater Cleveland Golf Classic Honorary Chair & Honoree

Benjamin Li grew up on Oahu in the State of Hawaii where he completed his B.A. at the University of Hawaii.  He obtained his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, completed his general surgery residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and received additional training in cancer research as a NIH T32 fellow.  He completed his surgical oncology fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. 

He was recruited to Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, LA, where he began his career both as a faculty member and as a surgeon at the medical school and at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.  In his last seven years at LSU, Dr. Li was Professor and Chairman of Surgery, held the John C. McDonald Chair of Surgery, and served as Surgeon-in-Chief at LSU Health Sciences Center.

In 2015, Dr. Li was recruited to join the MetroHealth System as the Cancer Center Director.  He is a tenured Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and holds the Edward G. Mansour Professorship in Surgical Oncology.  

Dr. Li’s clinical interests include G.I. malignancy, breast cancer, soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma.  His research interest and funding were in the area of dysregulation of protein synthesis in malignant transformation.  He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, and has served on various editorial boards.  He is active in and has held leadership roles in numerous academic, surgical, and cancer organizations, including the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, and the Commission on Cancer.  He has been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society since 1995, having served on the MidSouth Board of Directors and now, locally in the Northeast Ohio region.

Dr. Benjamin D. Li

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