Philip J. Keezer is a Montreal businessman and the founder of the international holding company Grindstone Capital.
After graduating from Georgia State University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance, Keezer returned to Montreal and started his first company providing measurement and control platforms for the pulp and paper industry.
In 2008, he graduated with an MBA from McGill University specializing in strategic management and finance and started his first internet business venture, iReel Media. The venture focused primarily on delivering movies via online subscription platforms. iReel Media was sold in 2009 and currently employs 60 staff members.
In 2010, Keezer founded an online game distributor which soon evolved into today’s international holding company Grindstone Capital, employing over 300 people. As the company has grown, Keezer has led the creation of market-leading products in on-demand entertainment, online advertising, payment processing and more. His interest in big data has yielded the creation of innovative modelling technologies that boost revenue while accurately forecasting chargeback fraud and identifying advertising scams.
Passionate about innovation, politics and his family, Keezer spends the majority of his time working to build Grindstone’s portfolio. He has already assembled a roster of seven vertically-aligned companies in nine countries, covering all the essential building blocks of online business. And with 20 years of experience behind him, Keezer’s mission is clear: to make business easier for everyone.
By focusing on technology, branding and strategic acquisitions, Keezer’s companies provide entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need to work autonomously. And meanwhile, the Grindstone name is becoming ever more synonymous with Keezer’s core values – knowledge, honour, and hard work.
Areas of expertise
- Strategic leadership
- Business development
- Data analytics
- Online Marketing
- Online Advertising (including Google AdWords and Microsoft adCenter)
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