The KR Group, Inc. was established in April of 2008. During the first year of the our journey, The KR Group, Inc. prided itself in catering to small businesses in West Michigan. Six months after the establishment of The KR Group, Inc. Lehman Brothers, a Wall Street giant, failed, thus leading to a massive loss in the global banking system and forcing the United States into a deep recession. Given the financial crisis, it proposed a difficult, yet exciting challenge for us knowing that The KR Group, Inc. was making its debut in the worst economic climate since The Great Depression. Needless to say, we had our work cut out for us. After a successful first year, The KR Group, Inc. needed to regain focus to maintain success. We did! In the summer of 2010 The KR Group, Inc. proudly became certified in several distinguished Cisco Advanced Technologies. It remains our goal to provide impactful technology consulting services to communities in Michigan.
Meet the Partners:
Matthew Keeler, President
Matthew Keeler has been in the technology field for over 10 years. After attending Spring Arbor University to earn his B.A. in Information Systems, Matt landed in the healthcare industry where we worked for several years prior to his move to New York City in 2005. During his time in the Big Apple, Matt became intimately familiar with Managed Services technologies for a multi billion dollar hedge fund company. Matt and his wife moved back to Michigan and currently reside in Grand Haven. Matt currently holds certifications in Cisco, Liebert, VMware and Citrix. Matt and his family enjoy the lakeshore and look forward to spending days at the beach.
Philip Rienstra, VP of Sales
Philip Rienstra has practiced technology consulting for more than ten years. With a strong background in business consulting, Phil is one of the premier consultants in West Michigan. Specifically, Phil’s expertise is working in the manufacturing and healthcare markets of Michigan. Phil holds Microsoft, Cisco and Liebert certifications as well as strong product knowledge in EMC and VMware. Originally from Northern Indiana, Phil moved to Grand Rapids to attend Calvin College. Phil currently resides in East Town and when he has the time, he enjoys boating, wakeboarding, spending time with family and friends.
Braden Bolkema, VP of Engineering
Braden has been in the technology field for over twelve years. He spent the early part of his career working as the network admin at a community hospital, and transitioned from there to the world of consulting. His consulting focus includes project engineering and management, with an emphasis in the voice and collaboration spaces. Braden holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Calvin College, as well as several certifications from Cisco and Microsoft. He lives with his family in Grand Rapids where they are active participants in the community.