Kingdom Capital Leadership

David L. Steward
Founder
and Chairman

David L. Steward is Founder and Chairman of World Wide Technology. After founding two successful startup companies, Mr. Steward founded World Wide Technology in 1990. Since then, World Wide Technology has grown into a global technology solutions firm with more than 5,000 employees globally and $13 billion in revenue.

Mr. Steward is also Founder and Chairman of Kingdom Capital, a values-driven private investment and philanthropic firm based in St. Louis, MO that seeks to transform the world through a virtuous cycle of capital.

Mr. Steward is the author of Doing Business By The Good Book, published in 2004, and Leadership By The Good Book, to be published in 2020.

After graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1973, Mr. Steward relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. He was the first person of color ever hired by Missouri Pacific Railroad Company to sell rail services. Upon leaving Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, he joined Federal Express as a senior account executive. During his tenure at FedEx, Mr. Steward was recognized as salesman of the year and was inducted into the company’s sales hall of fame in 1984.

Mr. Steward is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and serves on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards of National Academy Foundation (NAF), United Way of Greater St. Louis, Washington University, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Boy Scouts of America Great St. Louis Area Council and is the Founding Vice Chairman of Biblical Business Training, and other organizations.

 

 

 

 

Brandon K. Mann
Founder, 
Managing Partner & CEO

Brandon has been blessed with more than 25 years of diverse executive and board leadership experience. He is the Co-Founder, Managing Partner and CEO of Kingdom Capital, a values-driven private investment and philanthropic firm that seeks to transform the world through a virtuous cycle of capital.

Brandon serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of World Wide Technology, a global technology solutions firm. Brandon is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Biblical Business Training, a global non-profit ministry that helps people apply Biblical principles at work. He is the co-author of Leadership By The Good Book: Timeless Principles for Making  an Eternal Difference, to be published June 2020.

Prior to founding Biblical Business Training, Brandon served in a variety of key executive and board roles helping develop the country’s largest privately held commercial real estate services firm. Brandon also has served on a wide variety of non-profit and ministry leadership and board roles, including University of Missouri, United Way, Bonhomme Church, Kirk Day School, and Westminster Christian Academy.

Brandon graduated top of his BSBA and MBA programs at the University of Missouri in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Originally from Hannibal, Missouri, Brandon is married to his high school sweetheart, Lisa, and they are blessed with three children: Logan, Kaitlyn, and Gavin.

Technology

 

Chet Guess
President of the Technology Investment Group & CTO 

 

 

 

 

As Chief Technology Officer and President of the Technology Investment Group, Chet focuses on identifying and cultivating strategic investments within Kingdom Capital's technology sector.  He is blessed to have a career of 25 years at General Electric in various roles, including Senior Vice President-CTO across various business units such as Infrastructure Products, Telecommunications, and GE Appliances.  Chet has served on a wide variety of boards and is very active in his local parish.

Data Science 

Ernest L. Smiley
Chief Data Scientist

As Chief Data Scientist of Kingdom Capital’s Health & Medical sector, Ernest focuses on the data science, artificial intelligence and predictive analysis within the healthcare ecosystem. He is blessed to have a career that spans over 25 years of experience integrating computer systems for the Department of Defense, DoD Health Systems, Intelligence Community and commercial organizations.  His other positions include Deputy Director, Senior Engineering Manager, Chief Architect, Senior Information Technology Security Manager and Program Manager for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Energy (DOE), General Dynamics, Sprint and Lockheed Martin.  He is the former Chief Data Scientist for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), within the Federal Government in the Washington, DC area.  He is currently the Founder and the Managing Director of Georgetown Analytics and Technology.

Health and Medical Group 

T. Scott Glover
President of the Health & Medical Investment Group

 

As president of Kingdom Capital’s Health & Medical Group, Scott seeks God’s guidance in identifying and cultivating strategic investment opportunities in the Health & Medical sector.  Scott is blessed with more than 25 years of leadership and expertise in the diagnostic, medical, life science, and pharmaceutical business segments. This includes executive level responsibilities within general management, commercial, and business operations.  His career started within the multinational corporate footprint (Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health, and Sigma-Aldrich), and then moved into the private sector and most recently has been involved in the start-up community, operating in a president’s role for both segments.  Throughout these sectors, Scott established a track record in leading commercial organizations, P&L performance, launching products/services, employee development, change management, and portfolio management. Scott has served on a wide array of boards, and he serves on the board of Biblical Business Training (BBT).

Preston Keller
Vice President

 

As Vice President of Kingdom Capital’s Health & Medical Group, Preston focuses on the identification of new investment opportunities, from academic IP through mature corporations.  Preston is blessed with nearly 20 years of scientific and business leadership experience in the life science tools, diagnostics, and biotechnology industries. This includes executive-level responsibilities within business development, marketing, operations, R&D, and product development.  His career started as a scientist in the Department of Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine and has spanned all phases of life science innovation and commercialization, from investment banking (Bank of America) to major multinationals (Sigma Aldrich) and start-ups.  Most recently, Preston was the Vice President of Business Development for Adarza BioSystems, where he successfully led several progressive rounds of financing while growing the company.

Leadership Institute

Brian Bennett
Director

As Director of Kingdom Capital’s Leadership Institute, Brian focuses on partnering with commercial and philanthropic leaders to cultivate values enhanced organizations.  The Institute is focused on both the role of management in shaping culture and the role of culture in contributing to organizational health and performance.    Brian is blessed with nearly 16 years of organizational development and leadership experience. This includes executive-level responsibilities within human resource management and organizational strategy.  He is a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation and has coached leaders across the private, social, and public sectors.  Brian is passionate about helping leaders harness the strengths of their unique leadership profile while adapting to the needs of their team, organization, and environment. He is also certified as a Behavioral Analyst by Target Training International and by Korn Ferry in their Leadership Architect competency model.