Kelly is a managing director for SVB and leads the Energy & Resources Innovation (ERI) team in Texas, Boston, and New York, where he’s responsible for cultivating relationships with investors and management teams, and for setting strategic vision for the Bank’s Energy practice vertical. Because the energy sector has been extremely slow to adopt change, Kelly is particularly interested in how his work will help advance technologies within the industry. He is passionate about clean energy technologies, climatech, food and agriculture, and traditional energy technologies — all working together to make energy production, distribution, and consumption more equitable and environmentally conscious for the global populace.
It’s no wonder that Kelly’s clients throughout the SVB organization count on his expertise in the energy sector. His entire career has been spent in various roles within the energy industry; the fifth generation of his family to work in oil and gas, Kelly spent the summers of his youth working for his father in the oilfield. Prior to joining SVB, he worked in financial operations and asset management for a private-equity backed E&P company. This included directing commercial activity, a role in which he witnessed the day-to-day operations of drilling and producing crude oil and natural gas. It was also via this experience that he gained knowledge and respect for protecting the environment and its finite natural resources. Kelly launched his career as a financial analyst for Northwestern Mutual and later worked for Merrill Lynch. At Texas Tech University, Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, a master’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in financial planning.
In his free time, Kelly volunteers in fundraising efforts for a variety of organizations. These include the Ironman Foundation, supporting local, regional, and global nonprofit initiatives; the Houston MS 150, a bike ride in support of multiple sclerosis; the Houston Marathon Foundation, which supports running programs for community and youth.
Kelly lives in the Nottingham neighborhood of Houston with his wife, Emily, and their two children, Jack and Max. An athlete, Kelly has completed multiple Ironman triathlons and enjoys ultra-distance running and time-trial cycling. He also collects wine and frequently travels to wine producing appellations with his wife and their friends.