BALTIMORE, MD – On Thursday, May 18th the Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group and Frank Kelly III, CEO of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group and KELLY Payroll attended the first Maryland Governor’s Business Summit as a Business Champion in the Secretary’s Circle through the Maryland Marketing Partnership.
The Maryland Marketing Partnership per the Department of Commerce was created to develop a branding strategy for the state, market the state’s assets, encourage growth of existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. This partnership engages leading-edge businesses as private sector partners to help supplement the State’s investment and provide top-level insights to economic expansion.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan led the charge in the first ever Business Summit, where he connected with a wide array of Maryland’s business leaders by exploring topics on human capital, global trends and business strategy.
The Business Summit worked to portray the momentum that is happening in Maryland, “Our economic climate has gone from 49th in the nation to number 11 – the largest jump among states. Our companies are adding thousands of new jobs to our communities, more than 73,000 since January 2015. We are making meaningful progress for business,” Hogan said.
Over the next three years, KELLY’s partnership as a Business Champion in the Secretary’s Circle will help continue this momentum by increasing outreach and responsiveness to boost Maryland’s profile in the marketplace. In doing so, Maryland will be seen as the pro-business and asset-rich state it has become.
KELLY is excited to join other Business Champions in order to launch this new era of growth and stunning success in Maryland.
In 1976, former Maryland State Senator Francis X. (Frank) Kelly and his wife, Janet, founded a small insurance company in the basement of their Timonium, Maryland home. Today, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group (KELLY) is the region’s leading health insurance broker/administrator, which consists of multiple companies that provide integrated total benefits, payroll and workforce management solutions for employers of every size.
Senator Kelly is now the Chairman of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group and Frank Kelly III, the eldest son of Janet and Frank, serves as CEO of the KELLY companies. Frank and Janet Kelly’s other sons, John, David and Bryan, are key leaders in the business serving in chief roles as well as presidents of KELLY’s entities and divisions.
The expanding enterprise, serves over 10,000 corporate clients
and employs more than 450 people serving companies that range in size from sole proprietors to corporations with more than 20,000 employees. Based in Baltimore County since its inception, the organization moved its headquarters to Sparks, Maryland in 2015 and has regional offices in Rockville, Maryland and Wilmington, Delaware.
Kelly & Associates Insurance Group has won recognition as Maryland’s largest Employee Benefits Administrator by The Baltimore Business Journal for fifteen consecutive years, and was awarded the Family Business Award of Excellence through the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® program in 2013.
ABOUT MARYLAND MARKETING PARTNERSHIP
The Maryland Marketing Partnership was created to develop a branding strategy for the state, market the state’s assets and encourage the location and growth of new businesses in Maryland. The Partnership consists of board members from various state regions – from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore – in the areas of business, economic development, labor, non-profit organizations, marketing and advertising, and public relations and communications to help grow and enhance overall business in Maryland.