meet bill poston
Bill Poston is an entrepreneur, business advisor, investor, philanthropist, educator, and adventurer. He is the founder or principal owner of over fifteen companies and nonprofit enterprises. He began his professional career in the hospitality business in Hawaii before shifting his focus to management consulting helping global businesses achieve their growth goals through innovation and new product development.
In 2004, after a decade at Deloitte, Bill started the innovation consultancy, Kalypso, with friend and colleague George Young. The two of them and their partners have grown the firm to operate on a global scale with over 200 people delivering on the promise of innovation for the world’s most successful companies across multiple industry sectors. As one of the founders and the managing partner for the firm’s first decade, Bill defined a strong set of core values that created and nurtures the culture of this wildly successful venture.
He then launched the nonprofit Stelos Alliance in 2008 with longtime friend, Melinda Keller. The mission of the alliance is to help extraordinary young leaders at the collegiate level reach their potential through financial assistance and educational programs. Stelos awards over a dozen scholarships annually to student leaders. It is also home to the Housley Principled Leadership Program which Bill teaches each year at multiple universities.
Bill returned to his hospitality roots in 2013 with the start of Muy-Ono, a resort and tour management business in Belize. Under the leadership of Cortney Behrends and Tracy Ford, Muy-Ono manages a portfolio of ten resorts, islands, and related tour businesses. The firm leads the industry in Belize with innovative marketing strategies and an “adventure in luxury” approach to creating memorable guest experiences.
Along the way Bill has served as a director on multiple corporate and nonprofit boards including the Texas State University Development Foundation and Alumni Association, Getaway2Give, Equity Estates, and Low Hanging Fruit. He has taught, mentored, and guided the careers of hundreds of successful professionals as a business leader, coach, teacher, advisor, and friend. Bill’s businesses have been recognized with countless awards and accolades for their relentless focus on values, professional development and philanthropy.
His latest business venture is a lifestyle movement named Live Large that creates communities of inspiring individuals. The Live Large Manifesto was authored by Bill as a guide for purposeful and intentional living. The company will expand geographically using an innovative ambassador model that makes money while serving a higher purpose.
Bill is a proud graduate of Pearland High School, Texas State University and the University of Texas, which granted him a master’s degree in business administration and cursed him to Longhorn fandom. He didn’t make the interview list when Deloitte came to campus and had to fight his way onto the schedule. Story has it that the vote to hire him was nine against and one in favor. He is eternally grateful for the one.
Through his family investment firms, Kianalei Capital and Hephaestus Capital, Bill is the principal investor in several startup companies, real estate ventures, a charter boat, a good fantasy fiction trilogy, a bad feature length comedy, and an island or four. His passion for exploration and adventure keeps him moving around the world in search of more extreme forms of hiking, SCUBA diving, snow skiing, boating and all types of fishing.
Bill keeps his “north of fifty” body in condition with a punishing exercise regimen and a crazy diet that includes lots of really good wine. While he lives with a “no fixed address” mentality, he and his wife, Richele, can occasionally be found at their home in the Texas Hill Country where their four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren infrequently gather for family time.