Brian Kelley has worked in a variety of communication roles in corporate, nonprofit and educational settings. This includes public/media relations, public affairs/outreach strategy development, writing/editing, web site development, social media, photography, video editing/production and desktop publishing.
His experience includes four years as a marketing and public relations associate at George Street Playhouse, a world-class, regional theater located in central New Jersey. Previously, he was a consultant for a small public affairs firm for which he engaged in research and development of communication plans and related materials, such as fact sheets, project web sites, mailing lists and newsletters,. He also planned and executed related open house events pertaining to controversial projects and emotionally charged issues.
For five months in 2013, he was employed by a large trade association as a temporary communications specialist, writing press releases, magazine columns, newsletters, e-mail alerts, op-ed pieces and promotional copy. He also assisted with media relations and other duties, as needed.
Brian previously served as public affairs coordinator for another trade organization and also spent six years at a private university, where he worked as a public relations staff writer and web content manager before serving as associate director of publications and managing editor of the university’s quarterly alumni magazine. Brian has also served as a public relations/marketing associate for a medical device manufacturer and as a writer for a sports news and information web site.
Brian has many interests, including sports, music, art, film, theater, science and technology. He is also an avid user of social media tools, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr.
Since 2014, he has become a frequent participant in distance-running and triathlon events. He completed his first-ever 26.2-mile race, the New Jersey Marathon, in April 2017. He has since completed the Philadelphia Marathon in 2017 and 2018, and the New Jersey Marathon again in 2019. Brian has competed in and finished four sprint-distance triathlons and two Olympic-distance triathlons since 2014, and plans on competing in another Olympic-distance triathlon in 2020 before taking part in his first IRONMAN 70.3 event in 2021.
A musician in the loosest sense of the word, he dabbles in songwriting and launched a music project in 2021 under the name Ferocious Designs (taken from a Marillion lyric) and released his debut EP, A Matter of Time — with its lead single, “Lay It on the Line,” garnering Bob Makin’s Makin’ Waves Song of the Week honors in July 2021. Additionally, he has played organ, accordion, piano and various percussion on stage and in the studio with his longtime friend, singer-songwriter Christian Beach, for whom he also handles press and other PR activities.
Brian hosted and produced a series of interview-based podcasts called Tandem With The Random from January 2011 into summer 2014. This followed his previous podcasting venture, Technology and the Arts, which ran regularly from December 2006 through December 2008. In late August 2012, Technology and the Arts was revived as a weekly, live webcast that was later repurposed as a standard podcast.
Born in Edison, N.J., Brian grew up in Brick, N.J. After receiving his associate’s degree in print and broadcast journalism from Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J., he went to Rider University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism (public relations track) in 1997. He earned OCC’s Bosley Award for Excellence in Journalism and Rider’s Ferris Award for Excellence in Journalism prior to graduating from each of the respective schools.
Brian is married and lives with his wife and two young sons in Mercer County, N.J.