Keshia Richmond is the Tournament director and owner of the Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament. She succeeds Janine Addair and Grandmaster Roy Richmond protege, Kasey Addair in this role.
Keshia Richmond is the eldest daughter of Grandmaster Roy Richmond and continues his legacy by presenting the 9th annual Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament as a way to continue, expand and celebrate her father’s memory and legacy in martial arts, Tae Kwon Do, and self-defense.
As the co-tournament director and owner of the Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament, she directs planning and activation for Southwest Virginia’s most prestigious Tae Kwon Do and Open Martial Arts tournament which hosts competitors from Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and now New York and Texas.
She is also the owner of Tazewell, Virginia-based Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do (Tazewell Tae Kwon Do), Team Oh Do Kwon, Tazewell Tae Kwon Do “Dawg Pound” and Bluefield, West Virginia-based, Richmond Tae Kwon Do. Keshia is a member of the U. S. Martial Arts Alliance.
She started her business in sports with her sports talent agency Reval Sports which represented professional softball pitcher and utility player, Aleshia Ocasio (Chicago Bandits, Team Puerto Rico, Hitachi Japan) securing national client relationships with Dick’s Sporting Goods and HitTrax, provider of real-time stats and key performance metrics for softball training. Aleshia Ocasio happens to be Grandmaster Roy Richmond’s granddaughter. Keshia Richmond has helped recruit top softball for appearances and speaking engagements with prestigious groups such as the Lady Dukes of Duke University.
Keshia Richmond’s diverse business experience and specialized knowledge of the business practices of numerous industries such as film, publishing, fashion, software, manufacturing, consumer goods and services, retail, banking, information technology, and telecommunications will be an asset to producing the 2020 Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament. Her business knowledge encompasses specialized areas like business formation, startup, plans, proposals, by-laws, operations, administrative, processes, orders, inventory, not-for-profit , marketing, event planning and more.
She honed her skills under the tutelage of well-known companies such as the Marriott, The Bank of New York, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, General Electric, Computer Associates International, Cheyenne Software, and boutique firms such as CES Computer Solutions (now ServiceSPAN) and Numeric Computer Systems. This allowed her access to consult with telecommunication firms such as Bellsouth/AT&T, consumer goods and services firms such as H. P. Hood, Hollandia Dairy, Peets Coffee & Tea and Elmhurst Dairy as a software project manager and Interim IT Director.
An adept consultant in her own right, Keshia Richmond is a recognized and award-winning entrepreneur and business person.
She has been recognized for her wide-ranging career and contributions overall, as an independent technology consultant and entrepreneur by several well-known organizations: “Long Island Woman” Business Person of the Month, Molloy College; Business Achievement Award Finalist, Hauppauge Industrial Association; 40 Under 40 Award, Long Island Business News; 40 Under Forty Achievement Award, The Network Journal Magazine; Diamond Award – Entrepreneurial Spirit, Long Island Software Technology Network, and Business Achievement Award & Grant, Suffolk County Woman Business Enterprise Coalition.
Her father, Grandmaster Roy Richmond, has always been her inspiration and her reason for wanting and becoming an entrepreneur. When she won the Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit from the Long Island Software & Technology Network a few years ago, she told reporter, A. J. Carter of New York Newsday just how much. He reported on her father, a trans-tibial 8th degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt and how he heavily influenced her business endeavors in technology and now in martial art sports.
Since then, Keshia Richmond has been featured in numerous national, regional, and local publications such as The New York Times, The Network Journal, The Community Journal, Long Island Newsday, Limousine Digest, Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation (LCT) Magazine, Courier Post Online, New York Daily News, Reuters, Connecticut Post, Cosmopolitan, People Magazine, Huntington Herald, Daily Southtown, Queens Chronicle, the Hempstead Horn and Carroll County Times.
In 2015, she purchased thirty-year old Florida-based Prom Guide, a magazine dedicated to prom and other teen coming-of-age events. She is the former President and CEO of New York-based Richmond Technology Solutions, Inc.
She has lent her expertise, time and efforts to others by serving on the boards of the Suffolk County Women’s Business Coalition and Independent Women’s Business Circle as Webmaster and Technology Director respectively. She also founded the Roosevelt Alumni Association, Inc. in 2003 and served as President for two years at the burgeoning non-profit which still thrives today thanks to her foundational leadership. Her work with the Roosevelt Alumni Association is featured in the book, “One Square Mile – The History of Roosevelt, New York from an Autobiographical Perspective“, by Sheldon Parrish. She earned the Smiling Faces Achievement Award for her community involvement.
After graduating from from Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High School in Roosevelt, New York, she went on to study Fashion Design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) followed by the study of Business Administration: Management of Information Systems at New York Institute of Technology. She later served as instructor or adjunct lecturer at City University of New York (Queens College, Baruch College, the Graduate Center), Suffolk Community College, New York School Construction Authority and other private companies.
Keshia Richmond was born in Richlands, Virginia and lived in Tazewell, Virginia until she was eight years old. She attended Tazewell Elementary School. She moved with her mother and sister to Roosevelt, New York located in the Town of Hempstead on Long Island just outside of New York City. She spent holidays and summers with her father and family in Tazewell, Virginia and for one year attended Tazewell Middle School.
She returns to her birthplace of Tazewell, Virginia to continue the legacy of her father Grandmaster Roy Richmond to enjoin his legacy with her unique abilities to have a positive, long-standing impact and act as resource for the residents of the Town of Tazewell and the greater Southwest Virginia region.