Ken Barber is the Executive Director of Illinois Joining Forces, a veteran-focused non-profit that assists Illinois service members, veterans, and their families in navigating the network of services and benefits available to them. He assumed leadership of the organization in June of 2015. Ken served with distinction for 9 years as a Naval Officer and is a decorated combat and service disabled veteran.
Prior to joining IJF, Ken has over 15 years experience as an accomplished business owner, entrepreneur, and executive manager. As an entrepreneur, Ken has been the founder or partner in several successful small businesses in multiple sectors including manufacturing,retail food and restaurant, real estate development, and wellness and health care. Most recently, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oxyall Inc., a start-up manufacturer and distributor of products in the Health and Wellness industry.
Before embarking on his entrepreneurial ventures, Ken was a manager in the private sector in banking and finance. For HSBC N.A. he held executive management positions in Information Security, Consumer Lending, Community Affairs, and eCommerce. Similarly, for United Airlines, he held management positions in Capital planning, Operating Budgets and Forecasting, and Airport Operations.
Ken currently serves as Treasurer for the Board of Trustees of Roycemore School in Evanston and is the past Treasurer of the Highland Park Housing Commission. A Chicago native, Ken holds a BS in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Depaul University.