About John P. Kelly, CBI

John Kelly
Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor
John P. Kelly, CBI

What sets John P. Kelly apart from other Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors?

  • Lifelong background in manufacturing and entrepreneurship.
  • Personal experience buying, owning, and selling businesses.
  • Extensive education and experience as a Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor.
  • Unwavering passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve success.

John’s first business and manufacturing teacher was his father, the owner of the Bond Pickle Company in Oconto, WI, where at a young age, John began learning the skills need for owning, managing, acquiring, and improving a business.

After college, John partnered with his roommate to start up a moving and storage company. In year two, John bought his partner out and continued to grow for six years with revenues approaching $1M before selling the company to return home and pursue his dream of working with his father at his family’s pickle company. Soon after returning home, John purchased the business, and formed a management team that drove new product development and immersed the company in continuous improvement and automation based on lean manufacturing principles. Over the following decade, Kelly’s team grew the company from $3M to $10M before selling it to the industry leader.

A specialist in seeing and solving problems in manufacturing and distribution businesses, John founded Kelly Business Advisors to provide a platform from which he could help businesses face and overcome the challenges that reduce productivity and profitability.  Kelly extended his education through organizations such as IBBA, MBBI, and M&A Source, and enhanced his experience in mergers and acquisitions working for a regional investment banking group.  Today, Kelly is a dedicated Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor, helping clients with every aspect of buying and selling businesses.

A specialist in seeing and solving problems in manufacturing and distribution businesses, John founded Kelly Business Advisors to provide a platform from which he could help businesses face and overcome the challenges that reduce productivity and profitability.  Kelly extended his education through organizations such as IBBA, MBBI, and M&A Source, and enhanced his experience in mergers and acquisitions working for a regional investment banking group.  Today, Kelly is a dedicated mergers and acquisitions advisor, helping clients with every facet of buying and selling businesses.

John is an active member of the M & A Source, a CBI with International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries (MBBI), and member of C12 Group (Christian peer-to-peer advisory group). Additionally, John is a licensed Wisconsin Real Estate Broker and a registered Business Broker in the state of Illinois.

John and his wife of over 25 years, Kimi, are part-time empty nesters with their children Paul, Kiely, and Thomas.  When not helping clients, he’s likely spending time with his family sailing, skiing, golfing, or helping with one of their projects.