His goal in life was to just to make a difference in the world and to help others—but not be a martyr in the process.
After Gavin Keilly discovered he had dyslexia in high school, he learned techniques to fit his needs and nothing stopped him.
With his business sense and philanthropic heart, he was destined to create something special.
“I just always had a passion for giving,” said Keilly.
It started in Sonoma State University College where he studied marketing and business. He was the philanthropic chair and chairman of board for the student union.
Although he was a financial advisor and owned a couple of internet companies. He wanted to do something more.
He had a good business backround and worked with various non profits teaching them how to raise awareness for their particular cause.
He invited celebrities to the nonprofit events and made sure to take pictures with them with a gift that they were given for attending the event. Then the light bulb went on for the young businessman.
“The idea came from a photo taken of Ozzie Osbourn with a watch in his mouth.” Keilly knew what he wanted to do and rest as they say “is history.”
GBK is coming up on its tenth anniversary and just gets bigger and better every year. GBK is known for its lavish luxury gift suites full of high end products from all over the world. His gift bags are worth over $30,000. And yes, he’s still giving to non profits.
Keilly, is the ceo and founder of GBK Productions. A luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting Lounges, GBK Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/PR. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services.
At every luxury gift lounge, up four 501©3, non profit organizations, at no cost, have the opportunity to be a part of his event and get celebrities involved with their organization. They also receive a donation from GBK and are gifted a $30,000 gift bag to auction.
“Sometimes celebrities get really involved with a non profit or charity organization or maybe become a board member or speak at their event—so the organizations really benefit from being at our gift suite”.
Keilly said there are so many non profits with so many different causes.There's always a long list to help.
There was one time he tried to give bagels to a homeless man. “The homeless man refused the bagels and I got mad.” But Keilly had an epiphany. “I realized I get more when I give than the recipient does receiving.”
The philanthropist said that he owes his work ethic to his parents and works just as hard. You'll never catch him at his event in one place, he's always walking around to ensure everything is running smoothly.
“In the end, it’s all about making everyone happy,” said Keilly. “The only problem I have is not being able to be at so many places at one time during an event.”