Robert Earl Kelly is the founder of Kelly Road Builders, a road construction, milling, and asphalt paving company established in 1999. Since then, under the leadership of Mr. Kelly, Kelly Road Builders has become one of the largest road building companies in the Southeast.
Connecting roadways is just one of the many ways Mr. Kelly works diligently to foster community growth and progress. His commitment to strengthen our local community extends far beyond the road, reaching a great variety of other key areas of development—including his work with the Birmingham Education Foundation Board of Directors, of which he’s been a member since 2012.
Mr. Kelly also serves several other boards and organizations throughout the community, such as the Lawson State Community College Foundation and BB&T Bank Local Advisory Board. As a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Birmingham program, he’s also successfully held various leadership roles including Chair of Operation New Birmingham (now REV Birmingham) and Chair of Birmingham’s African-American Business Council.
Other civic involvement includes his serving as the Honorary Chairperson for the Miles College President’s Scholarship Ball, which in 2010 raised more than $250,000.00 for student scholarships. Mr. Kelly is also the founder of Showtime at the Apollo—Birmingham Style, an annual fundraising event for the Birmingham Sickle Cell Foundation.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Kelly earned a B.S. from Jackson State University and has remained an active alumnus. He formerly served as the Southeast Regional Vice President of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association and as the President of Jackson State University Birmingham Alumni Association.
He is married to Dee (Monroe) Kelly and the couple have two daughters, Natalie, and Whitley, both of whom are graduates of the Birmingham public school system.