Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Following a career in banking, Kurtis Keeney co-founded the largest manufacturing housing community development firm in the Midwest along with his partner Nathan Smith. Keeney’s leadership has included ownership and management of 37 communities which include over 7,500 homesites. Considered a leader in the industry, Keeney’s vision led to the development of a turnkey model of home ownership that has fueled the company’s growth within its communities. Keeney’s responsibilities include running all facets of the business, particularly financial, human resources, executive management and the growth and direction of the organization. He has served as chairman of the Independence Seniors Association, the Board of Directors for Cardinal Hill Hospital and as a Board Member for the Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky.
Founder and Chief Investment Officer
As co-founder of the region’s largest manufactured housing development company, Nathan Smith is widely respected nationally as an entrepreneur and owner/operator of manufactured housing communities. Along with his partner and co-founder, Kurtis Keeney, Smith has owned and managed 37 communities that include over 7,500 homesites in three states. Smith’s Flagship responsibilities include the acquisitions of new communities, marketing, e-commerce and sales for the organization. In addition, Smith has served as national chairman of the Board of Directors for the national Manufactured Housing Institute, a 750-member industry trade organization and is past president of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute, having served on several active committees. He serves on the Board of Directors for Safe Harbor Marinas and was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear as an advisory member on the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Board and to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents.
Chief Financial Officer
As Flagship’s chief financial officer, Edwin Carlisle is responsible for the financial affairs, reporting, forecasting and management of the 18-community manufactured housing company. Prior to joining Flagship, Carlisle served as director of finance for Avure Technologies where he lead the integration of Avure into a publicly traded company, and implementation of SOX internal financial policies and reporting. Carlisle also served as a controller for Sunny Delight Beverages Company, receiving several promotions throughout his seven-year tenure.