William Michael Keever

President & CEO, Founder

 

William Michael Keever is the CEO of Castle Venture Group. Keever is an accomplished investor, entrepreneur and former practicing lawyer whose personal interests are as varied as his professional experience.

 

Financial Professional

Keever graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He began his career in finance as vice president of branch operations at a succession of community banks in the Dallas, Texas, area. His primary responsibilities included analyzing consumer and commercial lending transactions and coordinating financial reporting between individual bank branches, the corporate office and the Federal Reserve.

As detailed in his Ideamensch interview [link to that when published], he credits those formative years for his keen attention to detail and his ability to make informed decisions when the stakes are high.

While working his way up North Texas’ finance industry food chain, Keever enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity. As a devout Christian, William Michael Keever pursued this degree to help others in need, including the troubled teens and young adults he counseled during this time. He often describes his decision to pursue his MDiv as the most consequential of his professional life.

 

Legal Expertise

After earning his Master of Divinity, Keever chose to sideline his financial career and pursue his longstanding passion for the law. He returned to Birmingham and enrolled at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. During his four years at Cumberland, Keever served as a clerk in several large law firms, including Berkowitz & Lefkovits (now Baker Donelson) and Sirote & Permutt.

 

His clerking stints blended his education at one of the South’s finest law schools with the kind of real-world experience that all lawyers need to be successful. He graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor.

Following his graduation, Keever went to work in corporate, tax and securities law at Sirote & Permutt, where he put his experience in banking and finance to good use.

 

After two years holding his own against some of Alabama’s finest finance lawyers, Keever founded his own law firm, Keever & Jauregui. His tenure as managing partner mostly entailed working in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning. He also served as lead or co-counsel in numerous buy, sell and turnaround business transactions.

Keever then continued his career in corporate law by serving as in-house counsel for Avalon-Borden Companies, Inc. He subsequently held his first C-suite position as CEO of a subsidiary, Avalon Media Group, Inc., where he discovered a passion for growing and developing companies. As head of Avalon Media Group, Keever took full responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of the business. Under his leadership, the company’s revenue grew 300 percent, an auspicious win for the first-time CEO.

Following his tenure at Avalon Media Group, Keever relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, and returned to law practice for three years as managing partner of another boutique firm, Keever & Picado, where his responsibilities covered the full breadth of corporate law.

 

Keever’s work at Keever & Picado, along with his previous stint as CEO of Avalon Media Group, prepared him to take the role of managing director of Castle Venture Group, a Nashville-based venture capital firm. There, Keever took the reins in identifying, negotiating, and closing several buy-outs, acquisitions, reorganizations, investment syndications, and divestitures.

After two years at Castle Venture Group, Keever left to serve as CEO and President of Mint Media Group, a marketing and advertising firm—his second foray into the C-suite. As CEO of Mint Media Group, Keever oversaw sales, operations, marketing, and production of print and digital products during a challenging period for the print marketing industry. Then Keever returned to Castle Venture Group, where he serves as CEO and manages a diverse portfolio. Castle Venture Group’s noteworthy current ventures include:

  •     Worthington Galleries, the largest retail fine arts gallery in the South
  •     GodCloud, a Christian nonprofit organization and online community
  •     Advisant Group, a marketing and software development firm with offices in Nashville, Russia and India
  •     ExxoGear, a survivalist website and guns and ammo distributor
  •     Urban Loud, a live-streaming news platform
  •     Kryptobit, a mobile application to send and receive bitcoin
  •     Instant Merchant Group, a high-risk merchant services provider

 

Charitable & Community Contributions

Keever’s passions extend well beyond the business realm. His private art collection forms the majority of the paintings, sculpture and other works at Worthington Galleries. Keever spends hours researching pieces and is thrilled to offer a new caliber of fine art and antiques to the Middle Tennessee area.

 

Worthington Galleries recently opened a satellite location in the historic Nashville Arcade and participates in the monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. The gallery’s main location, in beautiful Gallatin, Tennessee, employs dozens of locals and proudly supports a number of local businesses, doing its part to contribute to the city’s recent growth in jobs and population.

William Michael Keever isn’t content to provide employment opportunities for his fellow Tennesseans. Since childhood, his passion for helping the less fortunate has been a driving influence. Keever’s charitable work dates back to the early years of his career, and he has served as an executive director of several charities in the years since.

 

During his tenure as chairman and executive director, CIDA built two health care clinics in Kenya. Mission for the Children, based in Costa Rica, built a vocational school for orphaned children through negotiations with the local government.

 

Keever also served as director of T.E.A.M., a public foundation devoted to bettering the lives of underprivileged inner-city children through sports and athletics. At T.E.A.M., Keever worked with a diverse roster of donors and supporters, including current and retired professional athletes, national corporations such as Coca-Cola and executives from across the business world.