- R&D 100 Awards
As CEO/Co-owner, Lester Keizer brings to Business Continuity Technologies (BCT) over 30 years of executive responsibilities and business development skills. While Senior Vice President for Community Psychiatric Centers, a company rated by Business Week in 1991 as one of the most valuable publicly held U.S. companies, he developed and managed the Residential Services Division. He grew this division by $75 million before its sale to Vencor (now Kindred Healthcare). While serving as Vice President of development for Prime Med, he closed on a $32 million deal with a large hospital system and materially participated in this company’s growth from a startup company to a $200 million leading provider of institutional pharmacy services before its sale to a publically traded company. Mr. Keizer has also served as a Senior Vice President of Sales for one of the nation's largest home health providers and served as Vice President for Med Diversified in the development and promotion of technology, telemedicine and e-commerce on a national and international level.
Prior to his current role for BCT, Mr. Keizer was CEO for Ron Cook’s Connecting Point, a 28-year-old VAR in Las Vegas. He oversaw the transformation of Connecting Point from a product centric company to a technology service centric organization. As a result, Connecting Point landed on the MSPmentor 100 list as number 1 in the State of Nevada and number 14 world-wide as the most progressive managed service provider. In June 2010, Business Continuity Technologies (BCT) was formed and continues to build on the success of Connecting Point in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Lester is also one of the co-founders and previous CEO of XiloCore, one of the first national cloud based Business Continuity Disaster Recovery companies. In 2007, Lester helped lead XiloCore to be chosen as “50 Emerging Vendors” and the “Top 163 Emerging Tech Dynamos.”
As an innovative business developer, Mr. Keizer has excelled in developing technology and technology solutions to various lines of business including the management and development of Crossroads of Antigua, a world class Drug and Substance Abuse Rehab Hospital through a joint venture with rock star Eric Clapton. Lester Keizer grew up in Indonesia, New Guinea and Borneo (where his parents served as missionaries), went to college in England and later earned his Bachelor's degree from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee and his Master’s degree in Administration from Andrews University in Michigan. Mr. Keizer has presented at many regional and national conferences. He previously served on the Board of Directors for CompTIA, the world’s largest Computing Technology Industry Association. In May 2011, he co-founded “Hands That Give,” the IT industry’s first member-led emergency disaster recovery response system modeled after the American Red Cross. He currently serves on the Synnex/Varnex advisory board. Mr. Keizer is a classically trained pianist and organist. He loves to snow ski in the winter, water ski in the summer and participates in 100 mile century bike rides.