HOUSTON, TEXAS, March 21, 2014 – Venturetech was recognized by the Near Northwest Management District as a “Change Champion” for “Zandra’s Garden.”

“Zandra’s Garden is a beautiful asset for the Venturetech site, its employees and the community,” declared District President Wayne Norden.  “This is a great example of converting required drainage capacity into a great place for people, plants and animals.”  

“Zandra’s Garden is the first phase of our overall plan for this facility,” said Venturetech owner Larry Keast.  “We’ve been very successful and have greatly expanded our facilities and capacities as our company has grown.  Creating this green space reflects that growth and our corporate values.  Just as we help individuals by giving them a hand up in employment, we want to help the community to move upward as well.”

Wayne Norden, President of the Near Northwest Management District met with Larry Keast and Zandra Keast of Venturetech, and NNMD Director Heidi Sheesley in Zandra’s Garden at 6901 Alabonson Road to place the “Change Champion” pennant.  The beauty and serenity of the garden adds to the attractiveness of the community and will attract others to invest, work and live in the Near Northwest.

 “Change Champions” are commercial property owners or businesses that are fueling the transformation of the Near Northwest Area through improvement to their property.   The award is given quarterly, and was announced at the District’s Business Network Breakfast on March 6, 2014.

The Near Northwest Management District’s recent Livable Centers Study made a number of recommendations for improving the livability and values of the area.  The District has seen a growth in commercial and residential values, and has attracted $100M in new developments and redevelopments in the District.

Venturetech CC Q1 2014

left to right: Larry Keast, Venturetech; Heidi Sheesley, Director and Owner, Treesearch Farms; Wayne Norden, President, NNMD; seated: Zandra Keast, Venturetech

About the Change Champion Award
The award is made each quarter by the NNMD. Award winners are recognized at the District's Business Network Breakfast, and are presented a commemorative plaque. The "Change Champion" pennant is displayed on the property throughout that quarter.

About Near Northwest Management District
The State of Texas created the Near Northwest Management District in 2001 to address concerns about public safety and economic development in our area. The District's mission is to promote and coordinate economic growth, creation and beautification of area green spaces and promote and supplement public security within our boundaries. The District is managed by a ten-member Board of Directors, comprised of commercial property owners, tenants and residents within our boundaries.

About Venturetech
Larry Keast started Venturetech in his garage to design and manufacture new ventures in technical equipment. Within two years, he decided that power swivels were an interesting and exciting business niche that needed competition and development. Venturetech then began building a well-respected international business offering parts and service for all brands of power swivels, buying and refurbishing old ones, and building new power units for them. Since then, Mr. Keast has developed a number of patents for power swivels and top drives and brought them to market. Venturetech hires America's "unemployables", including our aging citizens, ex-offenders and people in recovery from drugs & alcohol. In 2007, Venturetech was awarded the Fast 100 Enterprise Champion Award by the Houston Business Journal for rapid growth, patriotism and community service.

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