Corporate executive B. Keith “B.K.” Fulton was born on January 10, 1966 in Hampton, Virginia to Flora Lee and Bennie Fulton. He earned his B.S. degree in urban affairs and planning from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1989, in addition to his professional certification in public policy analysis and management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1991, Fulton received his M.S. degree in urban policy and management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy in New York City. Fulton went on to earn his J.D. degree in 1998 from New York Law School, where he concentrated in electronic commerce, intellectual property and telecommunications law.
Between 1991 and 2000, Fulton directed the National Urban League’s Technology Programs and Policy Office, where his initiatives included the development of technology and access centers and an urban technology summit. Fulton was appointed executive director of corporate outreach at America Online (AOL) in 2000, before becoming vice president of corporate relations at the newly merged AOL Time Warner, Inc. in 2001. Between 2003 and 2004, Fulton served as a senior policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Policy Analysis and Development. He became the vice president of strategic alliances for Verizon Communications, Inc. in 2004, and the president of Verizon West Virginia in 2014. In 2016, Fulton and his wife, Jacquelyn E. Stone, established the B. Keith Fulton and Jacquelyn E. Stone S.T.E.A.M. Endowed Scholarship at Virginia Tech to provide support to underrepresented undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, architecture or mathematics. In collaboration with his former AOL Time Warner, Inc. colleague Jerry Craft, Fulton also authored a children’s book entitled Shauna, inspired by his relationship with his younger sister who has Rett Syndrome, published in 2015.
Fulton served on the board of Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Per Scholas, Gifts in Kind International and Howard University’s School of Communications. In 2016, Fulton became the chairman of dityApps.com, an app and web developer, and chairman of Ario L.L.C., a company specializing in augmented reality software. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Soulidifly Productions, a full feature film, TV, and stage production and investment company.
Fulton and his wife, Jacquelyn E. Stone, have twin sons, Joshua and Terrell.
B. K. Fulton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 5, 2016.