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Ken Klein, chair, board of directors, Habitat for Humanity International

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Speaking topics:

  • The case for low-income homeownership
  • What makes a Habitat home special?
  • What customer service looks like for a nonprofit
  • Habitat for Humanity: Past, present and future

Travels from:
Tulsa, Oklahoma


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Ken Klein’s 40 years in the building, remodeling and development business was the perfect platform for developing a passion and commitment to Habitat for Humanity—as both volunteer and leader. Klein was pleased to be invited to join the Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors in 2004, and currently serves as chair. He is also a member of Habitat’s Global Capital Campaign Cabinet.

Klein graduated from Oklahoma State University and spent six years in the computer industry, principally with IBM. After taking over the reins at Kleinco, his family’s construction business, he diversified the company’s offerings to include residential design and construction, commercial construction and remodeling, land development and retail interior design. During his years at Kleinco, he also earned the professional designations of Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Commercial Builder.

Klein has been recognized as Tulsa and Oklahoma Builder of the Year, Oklahoma and National Remodeler of the Year and Oklahoma’s Small Business Person of the Year. His company was the recipient of the prestigious National Remodeling Quality Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in growth and customer service, and it was a finalist for the Oklahoma Quality Cup.

In 1997-98, Klein chaired a task force charged with developing the construction industry’s “smart growth” policy. Much of that policy remains relevant today and has been widely used by state and local community governments to develop “smart growth” guidelines.

Klein has been active in the construction industry at the national level for more than 20 years. He has served as vice president of the National Association of Home Builders, chaired the Home Builders Institute Board of Trustees and was a member of the executive committee for the National Housing Endowment.

Klein has been a featured speaker and presenter at numerous domestic and international HFHI conferences, meetings and events. He also has participated in local and national advocacy events on affordable housing, smart growth and building code issues.

Klein and Judi, his wife of 46 years, have one daughter, Kristin, who is the third generation to manage and direct Kleinco, and two grandsons. He is an elder in a local Presbyterian church where he is particularly active in strategic planning and missions.