Celebrating 30 years in business, Kenneth R. Banks, founder and president of Banks Contracting Company, Inc., has grown a small construction company into a construction and real estate development giant, ideally positioned at the crossroads of international business and government.

At the helm of a multi-million dollar minority owned strategic planning consortium, Mr. Banks continually refines a vision that successfully creates and builds companies, constructs mega- projects, and grows real estate ventures. A proven visionary and development pioneer, he views the world through several distinct lenses.

Through a lens of strategic partnerships, he has partnered with the largest real estate and biotech developers in the U.S., as well as the largest parking operator in the world. He has joint venture relationships with five of the top 20 construction firms in the U.S. for projects totaling more than $1 billion.

Through his business acumen, diplomacy, and depth of experience, Mr. Banks is regarded as an "Ambassador of Strategic Partnerships." He is one of the industry's top advisors, often meeting with international dignitaries, and is a sought-after speaker.

In the course of managing the intricacies of business relationships, processes, and negotiations, he routinely delivers the best in class standard of performance so that all parties enjoy a level of satisfaction. He often says, "Business is a co-creation. You get people with like minds around you and create a vision-mission attitude."

Through philanthropy, he brings his compassion to improve the plight of young people in underserved communities. Having been in that position himself, he knows how one person can make a difference. With the first 18 years of his life limited to a two mile radius of housing projects in Yonkers, New York, his world now encompasses every point on the globe, with a limitless vision to match.

As a committed humanitarian, he envisions establishing academic institutions especially for underprivileged youth, so they have the opportunity to flourish in an environment where they are housed, educated, nourished, and cultured. In the past five years, his donations have helped support more than 70 nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Banks balances his active workdays with a lifestyle committed to wellness. His discipline in business is also apparent in his other endeavors; he won a full contact international karate championship in Japan, and is a certified scuba diver, skydiver, and an avid skier.


PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Strategic Partnerships:

  • America's largest private hospital project; construction management of the $600 million new clinical building at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • $1 billion development of the Science+Technology Park at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • $1.3 billion development and construction management project of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Biotech Park.
  • $300 million construction management project of the Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel.
  • $129 million construction management project of Coppin State University's physical education complex, including a 4,100-seat basketball arena.

Boards, Commissions, and Recent Awards:

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Advisory Board
  • University of Maryland, School of Medicine Board of Visitors
  • Building Energy Solutions Today Consortium (BEST), a regional think tank incorporating Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and District of Columbia
  • Chesapeake Crescent Commission, a regional think tank chaired by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty
  • Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council member
  • U.S. Congressional Record of the 111th Congress by Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, 2010
  • Inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce for outstanding business achievement, 2010
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, The Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Global Competitiveness Conference, 2009
  • Chair of the American Heart Association's 25th Anniversary Heart Ball in Baltimore, Maryland, 2009
  • Executive-in-Residence of Morgan State University's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Honors Program
  • Adelphi University, Board of Trustees, former member, alma mater