The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Kudos to The Institute Board of Trustees Members

Two of The Institute's Board of Trustees members, Dr. Kenneth Cooper and Mr. Jim Keyes, have recent newsworthy accomplishments and endeavors. [See our current Board of Trustees.]

Dr. Kenneth Cooper

Dr. Cooper, founder and chairman of the board of The Cooper Institute, was named The 2007 Southwest Area North Texas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur award winner in the Health Sciences category. Dr. Cooper was selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of area leaders from business, academic, and civic organizations. Dr. Cooper is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 national program. Several national categories exist for the national program, in addition to the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner category. Each will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 17, 2007. Later, the international recipient will be named in Monte Carlo.

This is the 21st anniversary of The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, a program that recognizes the visionaries and leaders who are creating and building world-class businesses and have extraordinary success in areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Mr. Jim Keyes

Mr. Keyes, Board of Trustee member of The Cooper Institute, accepted the position of chairman and chief executive of the Dallas movie-rental company, Blockbuster, Inc. Previously, Mr. Keyes spent 21 years at 7-Eleven, Inc., the world's largest convenience store retailer. There he cultivated a reputation for ingenuity which he will apply at Blockbuster. "In effect, I'm investing in myself and my ability to transform a great brand," said Mr. Keyes.

Mr. Keyes serves in a number of leadership roles in the local Dallas community, as an executive board member of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Dallas Citizens Council, a board member of Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business, and past chairman of the board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Two years ago Mr. Keyes was a recipient of the Horatio Alger Distinguished American Award, given to those who have succeeded in spite of adversity.