KeyCorp LLC Leadership Team

Michael Poates
President & Chief Operating Officer


Michael Poates, is an exceptional leader with a proven track record in operations, financial management, and new business development.  He is recognized for his executive ability with 28+ years of restaurant leadership experience. Mr. Poates is an accomplished and results-oriented senior business executive with proficiency in broad-based management roles. He has a track record of leading teams to achieve solid operations, optimize productivity, increase efficiency, and enhance growth concurrent with increased profitability. Mr. Poates is an articulate presenter with outstanding communication skills.  His experience includes C-level and Director level responsibilities with Dairy Queen, Whataburger and Papa Johns.  In addition, he has worked in the role of Chief Executive and Director for two regional casual dining restaurant chains and a QSR Franchise.  


Mr. Poates attended Point Loma Nazarene College. Additionally, he received a culinary certification from the Simmex Sponsored CESSA/ CAS/CCA Culinary Arts School- subsequently touring in service for Intercontinental Presidente Hotels and Resorts.

Ken Klingler
Chief Financial Officer


Ken Klingler, is an experienced accounting and finance executive with a background in Big 4 public accounting and private financial management. Mr. Klingler began his career with KPMG LLP in their New York office, where he worked in both the Audit and Transaction Services groups. Since leaving public accounting, Mr. Klingler has served in a number of finance and accounting controllership roles primarily in a Financial Services/SEC Registrant setting. Most recently, Mr. Klingler was the Director of Fund Accounting and Operations at TPG Capital, where he oversaw the execution, accounting and reporting of global private equity investments across a wide range of industries.


Mr. Klingler received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.