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Mr. Larry G. Keast

Wrong Larry G. Keast?

Vice President and General Manage...

World Wide Oil Tools
 
Background

Employment History

  • Founder and Chairman
    America in Recovery
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Torque Engineering, LP
  • Founder and Board Chairman
    America

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Mechanical Engineering
    University of Texas
  • B.S. , Mechanical Engineering
    University of Texas
186 Total References
Web References
History of Venturetech
www.venturetechnet.com [cached]
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.
...
Larry 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. He 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. See www.venturetechnet.com.
Larry and Zandra have been married 47 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.
Larry has also been giving back to the community for years and considers this work an important part of his life. 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. Larry 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. Larry 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. He 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. He 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.
...
Larry is publicizing this site through nationwide media in order to accelerate the message. He 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…
Learn about Power Swivels
swivel
by Larry Keast, P.E., Founder & CEO Venturetech Corporation International This brief history is written from my experience since 1980, from researching Gulf Publishing's…
History of Venturetech
www.venturetechnet.com [cached]
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.
...
Larry 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. He 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. See www.venturetechnet.com.
Larry and Zandra have been married 47 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.
Larry has also been giving back to the community for years and considers this work an important part of his life. 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. Larry 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. Larry 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. He 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. He 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.
...
Larry is publicizing this site through nationwide media in order to accelerate the message. He 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…
Learn about Power Swivels
swivel
by Larry Keast, P.E., Founder & CEO Venturetech Corporation International This brief history is written from my experience since 1980, from researching Gulf Publishing's…
History of Venturetech
www.venturetechnet.com [cached]
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.
...
Larry 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. He 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. See www.venturetechnet.com.
Larry and Zandra have been married 47 years, and have five children and four grandchildren.
Larry has also been giving back to the community for years and considers this work an important part of his life. 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. Larry 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. Larry 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. He 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. He 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.
...
Larry is publicizing this site through nationwide media in order to accelerate the message. He 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…
Learn about Power Swivels
swivel
by Larry Keast, P.E., Founder & CEO Venturetech Corporation International This brief history is written from my experience since 1980, from researching Gulf Publishing's…
Larry G
www.venturetechnet.com [cached]
Larry G. Keast
...
Larry Keast
...
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 direct ed the development of four new product lines, receiving two patents in the process. He also travel ed worldwide selling, training, and establishing sales agents. This experience confirmed his love for startup manufacturing companies.
In 1980, Larry found ed 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. Larry continues to direct all facets of Venturetech's development, and is having a great time. See www.venturetechnet.com.
Larry and Zandra have been married 39 years, and have three children and two grandchildren.
Larry has also been giving back to the community for years, and considers this work an important part of his life. 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 start ed a ToughLove parents program in his church.
...
For many years, Mr. Keast has enjoyed mentoring and speaking to engineering and entrepreneurship students at the
...
Larry has also served as President of the Dover Club, a support organization of business owners.
In about 2000, Venturetech began hiring people who deserved a second chance; those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and ex- offenders of our legal system. This practice paid off way beyond expectations, with reduced turnover and improved productivity. Larry has been recognized for this leadership with awards from Houston 's Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Houston Crackdown, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and articles in the various newspapers. A doctoral dissertation is now being completed on Venturetech's program.
Larry has taken this success nationwide by founding a non-profit, America in Recovery. Strictly self-funded, he has created four permanently endowed, no-charge hiring websites for
...
Larry is soliciting speaking engagements with business groups nationwide to accelerate publicity. He wants to help businesses nationwide to replicate Venturetech's success while helping thousands of people, improving business productivity, and reducing government expenses for prisons and welfare.
History of Venturetech
www.venturetechnet.com [cached]
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 interesting and exciting business niche that needed competition and development.
...
Larry founded non-profit America in Recovery, Inc. to help America's small businesses replicate our hiring success.
...
Larry G. Keast
...
Larry Keast
...
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 two patents in the process. He 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. Larry continues to direct Venturetech's development, is having a great time, and does not plan to retire. See www.venturetechnet.com.
Larry and Zandra have been married 44 years, and have three children and four grandchildren.
Larry has also been giving back to the community for years, and considers this work an important part of his life. 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 in his church.
Shortly after his wife Zandra was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1996, Larry started Houston 's first Hepatitis C support group, and 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. Larry remained on this board after acquisition by St. Luke's Texas Liver Center in 2003, and served on the 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
...
Larry has also served as President of the Dover Club, a support organization of business owners, and is a board member of his Unity Church. Larry is a member of Nomads since 1980, and a member of The Alternative Board, a business owners' roundtable group.
In 2000, Venturetech began hiring people who deserved a second chance; those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse with DWI's, ex-offenders of our legal system, and older folks. This practice paid off way beyond expectations, with reduced turnover and improved productivity. Larry has been recognized for this leadership with awards from
...
Larry has taken this success nationwide by founding a non-profit, America in Recovery www.americainrecovery.org. At his own expense, he has created three no-charge hiring websites for
...
Larry is publicizing these free sites through nationwide media in order to accelerate their usage. He 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...
Learn about Power Swivels History of Power Swivel Development
by Larry Keast, P.E., Founder & CEO Venturetech Corporation International This brief history is written from my experience since 1980, from researching Gulf Publishing's...
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