Meet The Team
Founder & President
Mike Keating has dedicated efforts throughout his professional and personal life to “positions with a purpose”. Givingmas is a result of his long history of philanthropy and servant leadership. In 1997, while working for South Dakota’s Governor, William Janklow, Mike was the director of a prison vocational training program called “The Governor’s House”. Prisoners from three, state run, facilities trained in HVAC, carpentry, roofing, electrical wiring, and framing. The homes and daycare centers, built by these prisoners, were sold to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, low income families and smaller communities needing child care at no profit. After his time with The Governor’s House, Mike became a partner in Availability Employment Services which assisted those struggling to find careers and provide for their families.
Mike has also had leadership roles in many civic organizations including: United Way, C of C (Chamber of Commerce), Governors Appeal Board, The Board of Adjustments, Jaycess and others. Mike’s personal rewards come from his lifelong passion of mentoring youth through Big Brothers/Sisters, Good Guys, and other personal contacts. He has maintained 20+ year relationships with several of his mentees.
Five years ago, a co-worker and friend intercepted a fax from Goodwill referencing a family whom Mike had adopted. She reached out to fellow team members for additional donations. Touched, Mike shared his co-worker’s generosity with friends, Cary and Kelle Buresh whom turned their annual Christmas party into the first fundraiser. Since that first unofficial event, the generosity and motivation of many others organically created Givingmas
Mike graduated with a BS in Interdepartmental Communications from St. Cloud State, MN. He enjoys travel, cooking, friends, and the arts. Born in Colorado, he’s also lived in Minnesota, South Dakota, and New Mexico. He now calls Dallas, Texas home.
Mark McGruder is a Managing Director and Head of Municipal Trading and Syndication Division at BOK Financial Securities. Prior to joining BOKFS, Mr. McGruder was a Senior Vice President for the Investment Banking division at UMB Bank and previously served as Managing Director and Head of Municipal Syndication for Hilltop Securities, where he served as the senior municipal underwriter for 14 years. McGruder heads BOKF's municipal bond underwriting and trading activities from its Texas municipal finance headquarters in Richardson, Texas.
One of BOK’s key company values is “Actively advance the communities we serve.” Mark is extending this key value due to his involvement with Givingmas, Inc. As Treasurer of Givingmas, Inc., Mark serves as a financial manager for the organization, maintaining banking relationships, managing donations and developing our budget.
John Craft is Vice President, Business Development at AT&T. John leads the design, development and delivery of managed services supporting the $10+ billion System Integrator and Global Outsourcing market segments. John has chaired or been a member of several community/business services organizations throughout his career. He has served as President of the Oregon Creative Services Alliance, board member of the Portland Advertising Federation, and on the Board of Advisors with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
John also has worked with the Communities in Schools organization to help deliver quality tutoring and academic support to motivated but economically at risk students who face daily challenges associated with poverty.
As Secretary of Givingmas, John maintains our status as a non-profit 501 (c ) (3) organization and manages communications and public relations.