Keith Engelbrecht is the founder and owner of International Aviation Support, a Dallas-based company specializing in aviation fleet and logistical support of aircraft manufacturers, airlines, charter and contract operators, and maintenance organizations (primarily civilian and humanitarian) around the globe. He has numerous other business interests including his latest venture, World Class Family Wines, which imports and distributes high-end boutique wines from small family-owned and operated vineyards.
Keith is a native of Benoni, South Africa where he grew up as an avid rugby fan and went on to captain his high school 1st XV in rugby and 1st team in both cricket and hockey. He represented Northern Transvaal in field hockey and Eastern Transvaal in cricket. He came to the USA in 1979 to attend college at Abilene Christian University, graduating in 1981 with a BA (MIS), and then moved to Dallas to attend graduate school.
His US rugby career began in 1982 when he first joined the Dallas Harlequins. Over the last 30 years, he has held numerous administrative positions with the club including; Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and President and is currently Chairman of The Harlequins Board. He is an executive member of the Dallas Harlequins Foundation and served as the Treasurer of the Texas Rugby Union from 1993 to 2001.
Keith played until 1995 as a scrum half and fullback, being a member of the premier rugby team in Texas which won more than 10 Texas Championships, 6 Western Rugby Union Championships, and made 4 “Final Four” appearances. He also played for Team America in the World Rugby Classic held in Bermuda. He is a multiple winner of the Stafford Turner Shield, The President’s Award, and the Harlequin Cup for exceptional service to rugby and his club both on and off the field.
Along with Mel Smith of Life College, Keith co-founded USA Premier Rugby (later branded as Rugby Super League) in 1996, with the first season commencing in the Spring of 1997. He worked closely with Bob Watkins as the Vice President for the first 2 years and fulfilled the role of Chairman of the Competitions Committee. In 1999 he was appointed the President, a position he held until 2010. Keith lives in Highland Village (North Dallas) with his wife Kathy of 31 years. They have two sons, Keegan and Kevin both of whom have played rugby and soccer respectively as NCAA collegiate athletes.