Forty Under 40

Thursday, April 11, 2024
The Indiana Roof Ballroom
140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
7:30 am
8:00 am
  • Presenting Sponsor
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Underwriting Sponsors
  • IU Tobias Leadership Center
  • Riley Bennett Egloff


Alumni Award Honoree

Ersal Ozdemir

Ersal Ozdemir

Founder & Owner
Keystone Group & Indy Eleven


Ozdemir founded Keystone Group in 2002, which has grown to become one of the largest privately owned real estate development, construction, property management and investments companies in Indiana with its headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Keystone specializes and invests in transformational mixed-use developments and has successfully completed many projects over the last 20+ years. Keystone has a passion for positively impacting communities and believes it is critical to invest not only time but financial resources to choose causes and select projects that enhance communities.

In 2013, Ozdemir launched Indy Eleven Men’s Professional Soccer, in the hopes of sharing his passion for the world’s most popular sport in the state of Indiana. The club has welcomed well over 1.5 million fans since its inception & Indy Eleven’s brand has continued to grow with the club's launch of a women's soccer team in 2022, which won the 2023 W League National Championship. Indy Eleven also purchased a new elite level top tier women’s professional team that will play in the Super League upon the completion of Eleven Park Stadium. The Eleven have also become nationally recognized with their success at the academy level, winning the 2021 U19 USL Academy League and multiple Academy Cups, and followed this up with the launch of the Indy Eleven Pro Academy. Additionally, the Club’s presence has proliferated with the creation of a youth development program that spans across the State and currently has over 16,000 kids affiliated with Indy Eleven.

Ozdemir has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and enjoys collaborating with business leaders to share information regarding their industries and communities. Ozdemir routinely speaks to numerous organizations about business and entrepreneurship. He has been interviewed by countless publications on subjects related to sports, leadership, international issues, real estate, construction, philanthropic, community service engagement and more. He is an active community supporter, having donated to hundreds of charities, including being a devoted patron of the local arts community. Ozdemir enjoys traveling, spending time with his wife and their four children, as well as playing soccer and table tennis.