Thomas Kelly

Executive Director and CEO

Tom Kelly is a nationally and globally recognized expert on Industry 4.0 and its impact on business. As executive director and CEO of Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, Kelly oversees strategic planning and all ongoing activities for the organization, including programs and services designed to help businesses increase revenue, reduce costs and think strategically during a time of rapid technological change.

Kelly is often tapped by media outlets to share his leadership and knowledge around Industry 4.0 and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and participate in panel discussions and roundtables. In 2018, Kelly was honored to moderate the World Economic Forum’s Community Dinner event in Tianjin, China, part of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, a global experience that addresses today’s intertwined challenges relating to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Kelly joined Automation Alley in 2014. His previous roles included director of entrepreneurship and COO. Kelly came to Automation Alley after seven years as a technology business consultant for the state of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), where he actively coached more than 300 technology startups in the advanced automotive, life sciences, homeland security and alternative energy industries.

Kelly has launched three separate startup companies in the fields of software, manufacturing technology and distribution, and has created and executed marketing campaigns resulting in rapid growth and five major software awards, including the 2003 National Manufacturing Design and Engineering Award and the 2005 Start Magazine Technology and Business Innovation of the Year Award.

Kelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.


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