|Candidate for Governor of Arkansas
|Profession||CEO/President, Guesthouse International|
Keet earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University. He emphasized his studies in finance and was elected student body president by his felow students at the business school.
Beginning in 1975, he partnered with Gerald Hamra and spent the next 11 years expanding the Wendy's and Sister's restaurant franchises in Arkansas. Ultimately, Keets would play a role in affecting over two dozen store openings and adding 1,200 jobs to the state economy.
He currently is the CEO/President of Guesthouse International and President of Keet Management.
In his time in the Arkansas state legislature, Keets worked to address literacy rates, to combat drug usage, and to pass what would become America's toughest "two strikes" law for repeat violent offenders.
Jim and his wife of 28 years, Margaret, attend St. Andrews in Little Rock. They have four children and two grandsons.
- Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. cum laude, 1971
- Arkansas Children's Hospital
- Arkansas Literacy Commission
- Arkansas Easter Seals
- Arkansas Council on Economic Education
- Arkansas for Drug Free Youth Advisory Board member
- YMCA board member
- Arkansas Literacy Councils board member
- United Negro College Fund Advisory Board member
- Arkansas Literacy Council, Inc.
- Jim Keet 2010 campaign for governor website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Jim Keet on Facebook
- Jim Keet on Twitter
- Jim Keet on YouTube
- Jim Keet on Flickr