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Mr. Larry G. Keast

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President and Chief Executive Off...

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Venturetech Corporation
6901 Alabonson Road
Houston , Texas 77088
United States

Company Description: 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...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Founder and Chairman
    America in Recovery
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    America in Recovery
  • VIce President and General Manager
    World Wide Oil Tools
  • President
    The Dover Club

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • B.S. , Mechanical Engineering
    University of Texas
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Web References
History of Venturetech
www.venturetechnet.com, 3 April 2015 [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.
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Larry founded non-profit America in Recovery, Inc. to help America's small businesses replicate our hiring success.
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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.
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Larry has met with many elected officials for publicity support, including U.S. Congressmen John Culberson and Steve Pearce, and Governor Rick Perry.
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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.
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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 Keast ...
www.talkhgi.org, 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
Larry Keast
The Dover Club: A Houston Texas Business Club
www.thedoverclub.com, 25 Oct 2010 [cached]
VP Membership - Larry Keast
News & Events
www.venturetechnet.com, 3 April 2015 [cached]
CEO, Larry Keast, talks to the Venturetech team about the future of the company, and several new product lines we look forward to producing.
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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…
Non-Profits
www.venturetechnet.com, 3 April 2015 [cached]
These hiring practices have benefited Venturetech so clearly that owner Larry Keast wondered how he could find a way to benefit other small businesses in America. This non-profit is the result of his thinking.
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America in Recovery, Inc - putting America's unemployables back to work
Larry created a free hiring website, enabling American employers to search for people in their city who they might be willing to give a second chance. This free site is sponsored by America in Recovery, Inc, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, at www.americainrecovery.org.
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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…
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