Our Leadership

Tim Keach


Chairman and CEO

Tim began working for his father, Keach Construction Company founder Dorris Keach, as a concrete finisher while in high school. Dorris, an accomplished craftsman, taught Tim the same skills which later helped strengthen the reputation of TDK as a company that delivers quality work. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Tim returned to his father’s company in Robards, Kentucky in 1973 as a tradesman and supervisor. He worked his way up through the company before assuming the role of Chairman upon his father’s retirement. For 25 years, Tim built more than 100 schools and municipal buildings for federal, state, and local governments. In 1999, Tim concentrated TDK’s efforts on building student housing and during the next several years, Tim transformed TDK into a multifamily construction company completing projects throughout the Southeast and Southwest. In 2005, TDK developed some of its own projects and continued to do third party construction for other development companies. In 2008, when other companies struggled to get projects financed during the housing recession, Tim trusted his judgement based on years of experience and stuck with his business plan. By 2012, TDK was developing projects valued at more than $100 million a year. Tim’s vision to transition to a development platform has led to constructing more than 10,000 apartment units with $1.1 billion in value. Tim oversees the implementation of the company’s strategic plan, the development of new projects, and client relationships. Passionate about his alma mater, he serves on the Middle Tennessee State University Development Board.

Kent Ayer


President

Kent joined TDK in 2005 as Vice President and General Counsel. In 2011, he became President and leads TDK’s day to day operations. Kent manages the firm’s construction and development companies with a focus on capital and debt sourcing and structuring. Kent has overseen the construction and development of more than 8,500 apartment units and sourced $1 billion in capital. In addition to oversight of both the Construction and Development divisions, he handles all bonding, insurance, and legal matters for TDK. Kent is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, holds a Juris Doctor and MBA from the University of Louisville as well as a BBA in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University. He was a 4-year letterman and captain on the Middle Tennessee State University basketball team and now serves on their Foundation Board.

Liz Tipton


Executive Vice President and CFO

Liz began working at TDK in 1984 and is responsible for their financial operations. Based in the Kentucky office, she oversees the preparation for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development annual audits, corporate compliance, subcontractor billing, payroll operations, contractor licensing, and tax payments in the various states where TDK holds assets. Because she has managed the finances as the company evolved from constructing schools, municipal buildings, and student housing to developing multifamily housing, Liz is able to offer project managers with valuable insight to stay on budget. Her institutional knowledge based on three decades of construction accounting experience through recessions and sustained periods of growth provides a unique perspective as TDK continues to grow its assets.

John Keach


Vice President of Operations

John manages the day to day operations of the construction division for TDK where he is responsible for developing the construction schedule, managing the maintenance equipment, budgeting for the contract’s scope of work, and coordinating the project through closeout. Before John entered college at Middle Tennessee State University, he had worked construction on sites in Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama. As TDK evolved from a construction company to development and asset ownership, John served multiple roles in the company and has been involved in the development of more than 8,000 multifamily units. John also serves as the pilot for TDK which allows himself and other leadership to regularly visit projects across the markets they serve in the Southeast and Southwest.

Ross Bradley


Vice President of Development

Ross is responsible for the daily operations of the Development division. He supervises the market and site selection, product type selection, and plan production. Ross joined TDK in 2008 and is inspired by the opportunity to take an idea on paper and make it a reality. His responsibilities include collaborating with development partners to meet the needs and skill sets for a particular job in the diverse markets TDK serves. His energy and experience have helped more than 30 projects grow from a raw piece of dirt into a completed company asset across multiple markets. His desire to create is not limited to residential living. In 2013, Ross and his family helped found Clayton Bradley Academy in Maryville, Tennessee to provide students with a unique education model that emphasizes problem solving, critical thinking skills, and real-world application. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he serves on the Murfreesboro Power Board and as a trustee for Clayton Bradley Academy.

Drew Cox


Vice President of Construction

Drew joined TDK in 2006 and oversees the Construction side of TDK including all of the construction division’s on-site and office personnel, all TDK estimating, and coordinates the projects from the bidding process through closeout. During his time with TDK, he has worked in nine different states on more than 50 projects that vary from military, student, senior, and multifamily housing. Drew graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Management, a unique degree providing a diversification of the understanding of concrete and the multiple high scale concrete technology and techniques. He sits on the MTSU Board of Directors for the Concrete and Construction Department and the Commercial Construction Department. In his spare time, Drew is an ultra-runner, participating in competitive events that cover up to 100 miles. The mental toughness required for an extreme sport athlete helps Drew push himself in his personal and professional life to accomplish the goals he sets.