Kelly Brown, has 20+ years of experience leading entrepreneurial organizations. Kelly joined Sanctuary Marketing Group after serving 10 years as the Chief Operating Officer and Marketing Director of Communication Resources, Inc., a Canton, Ohio-based publisher serving the church market for over 38 years. With nationally recognized titles including Homiletics Online, Children’s Worship Bulletins, MyChurchEvents, Newsletter Newsletter and ChurchArt Online – The Largest Library of Church Art on the Web, there’s a good chance a church in your community is already a loyal customer.
Kelly brings with him a unique blend of expertise in the planning and execution of both traditional and emerging direct marketing media channels. As COO, Kelly has had the opportunity to serve a leadership role in every functional division of the organization spanning marketing, finance, human resources, customer service, fulfillment, information technology and publishing production.
Before coming to Communication Resources, Kelly worked at EYEMG – Interactive Marketing Group in Akron, Ohio, with responsibilities for business development, project management, and financial reporting to then-owner A.B. Dick Company out of Chicago, IL.
While still at Communication Resources, Kelly founded Office Space Coworking in Akron, Ohio. Having noticed the national growth in the ‘coworking movement’ Kelly launched Northeast Ohio’s first coworking facility in August of 2008. He soon followed by adding a second facility in Cuyahoga Falls and then a third facility in Canton. Kelly sold the business in 2011.
Kelly also is responsible for organizing & hosting Akron’s first ‘BizCamp’ in 2010 & 2011. BizCamp, hosted by local entrepreneurs, is a series of presentations and group round tables on all issues surrounding the challenges and opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Held in conjunction with the University of Akron’s Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, BizCamp speakers included Michael Feuer, founder of OfficeMax, Anita Campbell founder of Small BusinessTrends, and Jim Kukral, to name(drop) but a few.
Kelly was co-founder of Neon Cactus, Inc. one of the early providers of digital streaming content which provided content creation, encoding & hosting services nationally to the real estate industry with their largest customer being RE/MAX.
Kelly is also a CPA. While he no longer practices public accounting and feigns ignorance when asked for tax advice, he does know his debits from his credits and is a whiz when it comes to P&Ls and spread sheet analysis.
While not boring readers to tears with his self aggrandizing anecdotes of past accomplishments, Kelly loves to read, hang with his dogs, Chip & Bubba, play with his many cliche’d Star Wars ‘collectibles’ and ‘run’ half-marathons at an embarrassingly slow rate of 11-12 min miles. Kelly’s married to a wonderful woman, Heidi, who puts up with all this and is the proud step-father of Morgan who attends the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.