Keith Deaven

Co-Founder and CEO

Keith is responsible for co-founding Mediabarn, a company that specializes in UX research, design, and staff augmentation. As CEO and Co-Founder, he has led Mediabarn over 15 successful years. Mediabarn’s longevity can be attributed to the fine-tuning of an innovative business model which combines the benefits of a user experience research practice, creative agency, and placement services firm under one roof. Keith has built the organization into an interactive powerhouse with a wide range of clients including government clients, such as the U.S Army, U.S. Patent Office and NIH, to some of the world’s most widely recognized media and education brands like Discovery Communications, National Geographic, The Better Business Bureau, PBS, K12, and Pearson Education. Keith is looking to continue the company’s progress this year with the addition of a fourth line of business: product development.

Keith began his interactive career at America Online, spending ten years there during a significant period in their growth from 1994 to 2004. He learned what was necessary to design and build world class interactive products from some of the most talented people in the industry. Starting with jobs encompassing project management and product design, he worked his way up to become the Executive Director of the Producer Team in the AOL Studio for over two years. The Producer Team was responsible for project managing the user experience design and production of nearly all of the AOL properties, giving Keith wide exposure to all facets of creating and running interactive products.

Keith earned a B.S. degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University, where he continues to assist the College of Information Sciences and Technology as a speaker in project management and entrepreneurship. Additionally, Keith proudly holds the title President of the Board of Uplifting Athletes, a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Would you believe that he has some spare time? When he gets a break, Keith enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing bass in a band. He treats going out to dinner like an extreme sport, and shocks people in the office when asked about a restaurant he hasn’t been to.