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The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr. Honored with St. Joseph The Worker Award and Archdiocesan Medal of Honor


On Thursday, November 3, 2016, The Honorable Francis X. Kelly, Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, received the St. Joseph The Worker Award, the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s highest honor for his devotion to the medical center as well as the Archdiocesan Medal of Honor presented to him by Archbishop William E. Lori in recognition of the Senator’s outstanding service to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The Candlelight Reception of Honor, held annually at the Baltimore Country Club in Roland Park celebrates the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s strongest philanthropic supporters.

Senator Kelly is a passionate advocate for the medical center and is a man of tremendous faith who emulates the ideals of St. Joseph The Worker. Dr. Mohan Suntha, former president and CEO of UM St. Joseph Medical Center, poignantly reflected about the Senator’s steadfast support as they successfully worked together to revitalize the medical center. And, each of Senator Kelly’s four sons, Frank Kelly III, John Kelly, David Kelly and Bryan Kelly spoke compassionately about their father.

Senator Kelly joins a prestigious list of recipients who exemplify the steady and quiet strength associated with St. Joseph, patron saint of all working people and of the poor.

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.