Keith Meinhold is a native of Stuart, Florida. In 1980 Keith joined the U.S. Navy, where he specialized in airborne anti-submarine warfare, gaining over 3500 hours flight time in airborne sensor operations. In the Navy Keith won multiple awards for his acumen in maritime patrol operations, photographic intelegence gathering, the Navy Achievement Medal and was ranked among the top ten percent of Navy instructors globally. It was during the time he was an aircrew instructor that he paired his creative skills with his teaching and communications strengths to improve upon the Navy's training materials, signaling his next career.
After retiring from the Navy, Keith employed his skills in communications and presentations joining the newly formed technology investment banking group of Deutsche Bank in Palo Alto, Ca. There he helped build the marketing effort during the rapid growth of the group, from a dozen to nearly six-hundred staff. Keith then joined Credit Suisse, heading the creative effort for the equities research department. While at Credit Suisse Keith oversaw the creative efforts during a time when the business model was moving from print publishing to electronic publishing and adapted the marketing effort in that direction.
At the end of the technology boom, Keith moved to Florida and joined a very-busy, high-end realestate firm. During his tenure at the realestate firm he was recruited to join his most recent post, a newly formed investment bank. As the new group experienced rapid growth, Keith expanded the marketing and communications efforts building identity and brand recognition from the ground up. The new group quickly gained recognition, moving away from being an unknown player to a reputation as "the best kept secret on Wall Street" and eventually an internationally recognized player.
Keith lives in Miami with his partner Steven, dogs Hope and Skoda and cat Roscoe. In his free time he enjoys working on the house, tinkering with British vintage cars, boating, cooking and entertaining.
AW1 Keith Meinhold (Ret) Petty Officer Keith Meinhold joined the Navy's delayed entry program on April 10th 1980.
On the first of October that year he attended boot camp at NATC Orlando Florida. He became recruit company section leader and graduated as company honorman, earning a meritorious promotion to Seaman Apprentice. Keith was then assigned to Aviation Apprentice training school graduating at the top of his class. He was transferred to VS Wing One where he qualified as an S-3A Viking Plane Captain, and eventually transferring to Air-Antisubmarine Warfare squadron Thirty-Two home-based at Cecil Field Florida. While there Airman Meinhold volunteered for the Cecil Field Color Guard, eventually becoming color guard commander, representing the Navy in the Jacksonville area and at official Navy functions. While at VS-32 he was twice recommended for the Navy's BOOST commissioning program.
Airman Meinhold applied for AW (Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator) school. While assigned to Naval Aircrew School in Pensacola Florida, he was advanced to the AW rate. Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator Third Class Meinhold was then sent to AW A school in Millington Tennessee. While at AW A school he was assigned as Class Leader and volunteered for the Navy's Flying Rifle Drill Team. As Color Guard Commander, for the team, he represented the Navy at various events nationwide. He graduated A school at the Top of his class.
Keith was then assigned to Patrol Squadron Thirty One and trained in the P-3 aircraft graduating at the top of his class. AW3 Meinhold was transferred to ASWOC school where again graduated at the top of the class. He was assigned to "shore duty" at ASWOC Cubi Pt, Philippines,were he became qualified in the P-3 B mod aircraft and as a mission debrief analyst and advance to the rank of Second Class.
AW2 Meinhold was then assigned to VP-47, qualified as a Sensor Station One and Special Projects Operator. He was advanced to Aviation Warfare Operator, First Class while at VP-47. AW1 Meinhold then transferred to Fleet Replacement Squadron Thirty One, (VP-31) Moffett Field as an Aircrew Instructor. While at VP-31 he was recognized as "Aircrew Instructor of the Year". At VP-31 He supervised a team of 32 Navy instructors.
In his final Navy tour at VP-46,Whidbey Island Washington, was hand picked again for sensor "special projects", authored groundbreaking tactical procedures and he was recognized for photographic intelligence quality with two Lens Master and one Golden Lens awards. His crew won the 1995 ASW rodeo, also selected as "Crew of the Quarter", and the "Most Combat Effective Maritime Patrol Crew." He made his final overseas deployment with the Navy to the Persian Gulf from May 1995 to November 1995.
Keith retired from the Navy with full military honors on March 27th 1996, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his service while attached to VP-46.