Kevin OlseN, Founding partner

A seriel entrepreneur, Keyway is the third start up of Kevin's 35 year career in the event industry. He was a founding partner of Corporate Productions in 1986 and began One Smooth Stone in 1995. His retirement from One Smooth Stone in 2015 allowed for an opportunity to go "three for three."

Kevin has worked in over 20 countries with numerous Fortune 500's, Trade/Professional Associations and privately held brands over his career. Serving as executive producer, speech coach, facilitator/moderator and account lead, Kevin enjoyed engaging his clients in the strategic, creative and content aspects of events. His leadership and recruitment of great leaders were key factors to his success and his companies.


richard vaughan, Keyway affiliate partners (kap group)

Rick has served the industry for over 37 years in leadership roles with Marriott, Westin and Sheraton starting in restaurants, conventions services and sales & marketing positions around the country. Held senior leadership positions with destination marketing organizations as Vice President and Senior Vice President with Visit Tucson, Simpleview, Inc and DMAI. Led teams to earn over 50 industry awards for excellence in sales, marketing, advertising, promotion and customer service.

His role with Keyway has been focused on being the project and strategic director for the EMSSI project as well as spearheading business development for the partnership with BluePay, an award winning credit card processing company that is dedicated to helping DMOS and industry related companies to saving monies, protect their data and provide robust reporting platforms and financial efficiencies. He also is working on other partnership development projects with TPOP and MSA.
Other areas of expertise: DMO marketing transition and strategy coach, DMO internal analyst, Business intelligence and knowledge research strategist.

What We've Achieved

  • Kevin Olsen served on the MPI Foundation International Board of Trustee for 9 years and served as Chairman over 2011-2012. He also served on the MPI International Board of directors in 2016-2107.
  • Richard A. Vaughan served on various industry boards around the country, achieved his CDME in 2013, received 2013 David J. Nivison Award for Tourism Promotion Excellence, Mayors Copper Letter Award in 2011 and Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy in 2010.
  • Keyway led a team of safety and security experts in crafting national guidelines for convention centers around the country to create the 1st ever Public/Private partnership with the Department of Homeland Security/ Safety Act Office while developing a certification program for venues around the country.