"Launching a startup that vastly exceeds your
expertise requires believing that the universe will
support you in a way that you cannot foresee.”
EcoEarth When gradual realization becomes accelerated enlightenment
Keith D Maust, Founder
Startup and Entrepreneurial Experience
Keith has been a ground floor partner in several startups
as well as founding a leadership development program built
around extreme adventure trips to exotic destinations for
teams of physically challenged and at-risk teens.
As a new-product developer and independent inventor,
Keith is most energetic when connecting and collaborating
with other individuals who are developing technology.
He has a hard-won reputation for assuring startups stay
lean, organic and hyper-focused.
• Keith is co-founder of NewSpirit Scuba, which is currently developing the Newba MikroLung -
adaptive innovation designed specifically for wounded veterans with multiple amputations.
• As a ground-floor partner at SolarDirect, the renewable industry’s first e-commerce startup,
Keith developed The Energy SuperMarket, offering 500+ products and generating $3.8M yearly,
along with corresponding 600+ page eco-educational site attracting over 1.2M visitors yearly.
• In 2017 Keith was a key team member of the now rapidly-scaling startup SolarBuyers.Club
• As owner of TRUST Communication, an agency-level-quality full service advertising studio,
Keith has 27+ years experience as business principle managing major accounts and campaigns.
Career Highlights and Accomplishments
Keith’s most rewarding position was serving for nine years as Director of Communications
at a worldwide nonprofit where the highlight of his calling was producing documentaries in remote
emerging-world locations to promote constituent engagement and increase fund-raising.
While supervising corporate communications department he implemented a bold international
media strategy, introducing fresh vision, leadership and innovative thinking to severely outdated
communications through several major initiatives.
Earlier in Keith’s career he specialized in high-end 8-color printing, corporate identity packages,
branding, advertising, along with art and photography direction.
Keith’s proficiency for prototyping innovative concepts originates with his first career as
a precision machinist and x-ray quality welder of exotic alloys for the nuclear power industry,
performing fabrication and final assembly of specialized test models for experimental
high-pressure submarine reactor designs under DoD security clearance.
Keith’s gifts of inventive visualization, creativity and documentary-based storytelling were
honed during his second career while serving in advertising agencies and public relation firms.