Keith Burge, has more than 30 years of diverse experience in entrepreneurial ventures, founding, developing and operating high growth private and public companies in roles as a CEO, COO, board member, consultant and advisor. Mr. Burge has demonstrated success in defining vision and strategy, raising capital, assembling and leading a team to execute the business model in a broad range of industries including, telecommunications, smart-grid, power reliability, medical devices and consumer products.
Mr. Burge serves as Chairman of Firefly Medical (www.iveamobility.com), a company which he co-founded and served as the CEO until May of 2015. Firefly Medical designs and produces products that address the rapidly growing need for patient mobility. The Company recently introduced its first product, IVEA, which received the Silver award from the 2015 Edison Awards for innovation in the Healthcare and Medical Industry.
Prior to founding Firefly, Mr. Burge served as CEO of SoftSwitching Technologies, a provider of power quality products for the semiconductor and industrial manufacturing industries. During his tenure from 2009 through 2011 he increased sales 400%, expanded the Company’s operations internationally, securing contracts with Samsung and LG that successfully positioned the Company to be sold to Rockwell Automation.
Previously, Mr. Burge, in 2001, led the creation of Silver Spring Networks, a global smart-grid provider of wireless communications services to the energy and utility industry. In 1996, Mr. Burge co-founded Convergent Communications, a facilities-based provider of voice and data services to small and mid-sized businesses. As President and COO, he guided the Company through organic growth and 19 acquisitions to nearly 1,400 employees and presence in 35 cities. In 1999 with revenues of $250 Million, the company completed its IPO, led by Goldman Sachs. Mr. Burge was selected as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.
Prior to Convergent, Mr. Burge founded Fiber Optic Technologies, Inc. which provided the design and implementation of local and wide area networks to nearly 12,000 clients over a nine year period beginning in 1986. As CEO, he grew the company to 600 employees with offices in 13 cities. In 1993, Inc. Magazine rated the Company as the 86th fastest growing private Company in the U.S. With annual revenues of $65 Million, the company was sold to ICG Communications, a leading national Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC).
Mr. Burge began his career with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978 and spent nine years in a variety of sales and management positions. He received a BS degree with honors from South Dakota State University.