BALTIMORE, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelly & Associates Insurance Group (KELLY) announced today that the Kelly family was presented with the Ernst & Young Family Business Award of Excellence as part of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year series. Cal Ripken, Jr., a close friend of the Kelly family, presented the Family Business Award of Excellence at a special awards gala held on June 26, 2013 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Accepting the award were KELLY's co-founders, The Honorable Francis X. Kelly and his wife Janet, and their four sons who now run the day-to-day operations of the business, Frank Kelly III, John Kelly, David Kelly and Bryan Kelly.
The Ernst & Young Family Business Award of Excellence recognizes leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families with a culture and tradition of successfully balancing business and family issues, growing the business through innovation, and philanthropic or social engagement. This year's Family Business Award of Excellence was the first award of its kind to be presented in the Maryland region by Ernst & Young.
"We are pleased to be recognized with such a noteworthy award from Ernst & Young, one of the premier organizations in the world," said Frank Kelly III, Chief Executive Officer of KELLY. "As a family, we have worked diligently to grow the business while always striving to put God and family first, and it is a privilege to be honored as a family for our achievements, both personal and professional."
As a Maryland Region winner, the Kelly Family is now under consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Winners in various categories will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
About Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
KELLY is one of the region's largest and fastest growing group benefit administrators, brokers and consultants, with nearly $2 billion in annualized premiums under management. KELLY works with thousands of employers of all sizes, as well as select agents and brokers, to deliver affordable group benefits through innovative benefit design, management and administration, and payroll and workers' compensation services through its independent affiliate, Kelly & Associates Financial Services. Founded in 1976, KELLY now employs more than 450 people with headquarters in Baltimore, MD.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
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