Ersal Ozdemir Founder & Chairman Keystone Group and Indy Eleven Professional Soccer
Ozdemir founded Keystone Group in 2002, which has grown to become one of the largest privately owned real estate development, construction, property management and investments companies in Indiana with its headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Keystone specializes and invests in transformational mixed-use developments and has successfully completed many projects over the last 20+ years. Keystone has a passion for positively impacting communities and believes it is critical to invest not only time but financial resources to choose causes and select projects that enhance communities. In 2013, Ozdemir launched Indy Eleven Men’s Professional Soccer, in the hopes of sharing his passion for the world’s most popular sport in the state of Indiana. The club has welcomed well over 1.5 million fans since its inception & Indy Eleven’s brand has continued to grow with the club's launch of a women's soccer team in 2022, which won the 2023 W League National Championship. Indy Eleven also purchased a new elite level top tier women’s professional team that will play in the Super League upon the completion of Eleven Park Stadium. The Eleven have also become nationally recognized with their success at the academy level, winning the 2021 U19 USL Academy League and multiple Academy Cups, and followed this up with the launch of the Indy Eleven Pro Academy. Additionally, the Club’s presence has proliferated with the creation of a youth development program that spans across the State and currently has over 16,000 kids affiliated with Indy Eleven. Ozdemir has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and enjoys collaborating with business leaders to share information regarding their industries and communities. Ozdemir routinely speaks to numerous organizations about business and entrepreneurship. He has been interviewed by countless publications on subjects related to sports, leadership, international issues, real estate, construction, philanthropic, community service engagement and more. He is an active community supporter, having donated to hundreds of charities, including being a devoted patron of the local arts community. Ozdemir enjoys traveling, spending time with his wife and their four children, as well as playing soccer and table tennis.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Current: • Board of Directors, Keystone Group, Chairman • Board of Directors, Indy Eleven, Chairman • Board of Directors, Indy Chamber, Executive Committee • Board of Directors, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee • Board of Directors, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Emeritus • Board of Advisors, Purdue University Civil Engineering • Board of Advisors, Purdue School of Engineering • Board of Trustees, University of Indianapolis • Board of Directors, Park Tudor School, Vice Chair • Board of Directors, Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation, Chairman • Board of Governors, United Soccer League • Young Presidents Organization, Member Past: • Board of Directors, Center for the Performing Arts, Executive Committee • Board of Directors, Indiana Historical Society • Board of Trustees, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Secretary • Board of Directors, Children’s Bureau, Chairman • Carmel Economic Development Commission, President • Rotary Club of Indianapolis • 2000 Formula One Indianapolis Inaugural Year Hospitality, Committee Chair • 2002 World Basketball Championship Host Committee, Country Chair • 2012 Super Bowl VIP Services Host Committee, Co-Chair • 2019 American Heart Association Heart Ball, Chairman • 2022 Alzheimer’s Association Indianapolis Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Executive Chair AWARDS AND HONORS: • 2006 Business Advisory Council as Businessman of the Year • 2008 KPMG Indy’s Best and Brightest Winner in Real Estate Development & Construction • 2009 Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty • 2011 Indianapolis Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Real Estate • 2011 Indianapolis Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Construction, Design & Engineering • 2012 Children’s Bureau CHILD Award • 2016 Community Champion of the Year Forest Manor Multi-Service Center Award • 2022 Purdue Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award • 2022 Indianapolis Business Journal Top 10 Newsmakers • 2022 Inaugural IBJ 250 Most Influential Leaders • 2023 IBJ 250 Most Influential Leaders
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