Baltimore Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame Honoree: Senator Francis X. Kelly, Jr.
10 JUNE 2016
Francis X. Kelly Jr. is such a familiar and omnipresent figure in the Baltimore region that you might assume there are at least three of him. One to build a hugely successful insurance company. Another to become a respected Baltimore state senator. A third to devote himself to his faith and to the community.
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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.