VBEC's spotlight business: Keller & Associates, KMH Wealth Management

The Victoria Business and Education Coalition recognizes business that give back to schools through volunteering.

Keller & Associates, a certified public accountant firm, has been in Victoria for 43 years and employs 16 people. Its sister company, KMH Wealth Management, an investment advisory firm, employs six people and has been in the area 14 years.

The companies encourage mentors to work in the schools and gives tours to classes interested in learning more about the financial and business worlds.

Keller & Associates has had more difficulty in recent years finding qualified employees who want to live in the Victoria area. The firms seeks to combat that problem by getting involved in educating future generations. Volunteers answered questions about their experiences.

How has being an active volunteer in the educational community helped your business or yourself?

Being an active volunteer helps us know what kind of training and education students are receiving that could benefit our firm.

What do you enjoy the most about your volunteer work that you do?

We enjoy knowing our volunteer work is enhancing someone's abilities who will further their livelihood and what they are able to contribute to society. Maybe they can mentor someone someday to continue a cycle of volunteering and giving back.

Meanwhile, employees at KMH Wealth Management hope their involvement in schools will better prepare students to wisely manage their money in the future.

Why do you feel it is important to be involved in our educational system?

The better the education level of our students, the more wise they are to manage their own investments and retirement plans versus being taken advantage of by unscrupulous and unqualified financial advisors.

What do you enjoy the most about your volunteer work that you do?

We enjoy volunteering as we know it is helping someone enhance their skills that will help them in the long run be more successful in life.

To find out how you can help in Victoria schools, go to surebetvictoria.com or call 361-572-8232.