Larry Keast started Venturetech in his garage to design and manufacture new ventures in technical equipment.
Larry's bio. Within two years, he
decided that power swivels were an interesting and exciting business niche that needed competition and development.
founded non-profit America in Recovery, Inc.
to help America's small businesses replicate our hiring success.
Larry G. Keast
Larry Keast graduated from the University of Texas in Mechanical Engineering, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Nine years with Cameron gave him a wide range of experience in engineering, offshore service, sales, and manufacturing.
Larry left Cameron in 1976 to become Vice President & General Manager of World Wide Oil Tools.
During four years there, he
built this new company into a respected manufacturer.
Larry directed the development of four new product lines, receiving three patents in the process.
also traveled worldwide selling, training, and establishing sales agents.
This experience confirmed his
love for startup manufacturing companies.
In 1980, Larry founded Venturetech Corporation in his garage.
After many oilfield ups and downs through the years, Venturetech
today is leading the competition with his
patented diesel-hydraulic power swivels which are drilling oil and gas wells around the world.
Fifteen more patents have been issued, and others are applied for.
Larry continues to direct Venturetech's development, and is having way too much fun to retire.
and Zandra have been married 47 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.
has also been giving back to the community for years and considers this work an important part of his
He was a parent group leader for several years in the substance abuse programs Insight and Lifeway, and was an advisory board member of Cornerstone Recovery.
In 1995, he
started a ToughLove parents program.
Shortly after his
wife Zandra was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1996, Larry
was elected to the Texas Liver Coalition's
board as Director of Support Groups.
Under Larry's direction, the Coalition developed 32 support groups in Texas cities which continue to help thousands of people each year.
remained on this board after acquisition by St. Luke's
Texas Liver Center in 2003, and served on Mayor Bill White's Task Force for Hepatitis C. Thankfully
, Zandra's treatment was successful, and she
remains virus free.
For many years, Mr. Keast
has enjoyed mentoring and speaking to engineering and entrepreneurship students at the University of Texas
and the University of Houston
He has served on the Business Advisory Council of Goodwill Industries and the Advisory Board of Houston-Galveston Institute.
Larry has also served as President of the Dover Club, a support organization of business owners, and is a board member of his church, Unity of Houston.
Larry is a member of Nomads since 1980, and a member of The Alternative Board, a business owners' roundtable group.
He was honored in 2012 as an Alumni of the Year of Dickinson High School, and now serves on the school's education foundation board.
In 2000, Venturetech
began hiring people who deserved a second chance; those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, ex-offenders of our legal system, and older folks.
discovered the advantage of hiring "America's unemployables" after hiring a recovering addict and ex-convict.
Soon, Keast began hiring other recovering substance abusers, some with criminal records, to work at Venturetech.
found that all of his
employees, including those without such issues, started getting along better and taking an interest in each other.
This proved to be good for the overall morale of Venturetech
After that, Larry began spreading the word among other small business owners and America in Recovery was born, see www.americainrecovery.org.
founded the 501(c)3 non-profit and created its free hiring website at his
own expense to connect other like-minded employers to people needing another chance.
Larry has met with many elected officials for publicity support, including U.S. Congressmen John Culberson and Steve Pearce, and Governor Rick Perry.
is publicizing this site through nationwide media in order to accelerate the message.
wants to help businesses nationwide replicate Venturetech's success, help thousands of people, improve business productivity, and reduce government expense for incarceration and welfare.
1980 - Larry Keast started Venturetech in his garage to design and manufacture new ventures in technical equipment.
Larry's bio. Within two years, he
decided that power swivels were an…
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