Staley Technologies is the third family-owned business for which Jason Keith has worked. He enjoys working for this type of business because he can learn a lot about how to be successful from owners he interacts with on a regular basis.
He also appreciates how those owners treat their employees “like their extended family.” That means the decisions they make in tough times weigh heavily, but that they also want to share the good times, he said.
“It was just something that really meant a lot to me. Just being in that trusted adviser position with these people just really clicked with me,” Keith said.
After high school, he did a six-year tour with the U.S. Army, traveling the world. He spent a significant amount of that time in Korea and with the 101st Airborne Division in Kentucky.
Then Keith enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, his hometown. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance and computer science in 2007 and an MBA from UCA in 2009.
He started interning for metal fabrication company SFI, at its Conway location, as a college student. Keith accepted a cost accountant position at SFI when he graduated.
He moved to Memphis three years later for a controller position with SFI. Keith spent about seven years there, working for the company in several capacities.
He moved back to Arkansas to work as a controller for Jason International in North Little Rock. Keith joined Staley in 2015, where he enjoys the challenge of helping a company in growth mode.
What sparked his interest in this career path was his father encouraging him to take an accounting class because, his father said, he’d one day need to be able to read financial statements. “And it just kind of clicked with me,” Keith said.