Owner & Chairman of the Board
As the third-generation owner of Birko and a Colorado native, Kelly carries on the vision for food safety started by her grandparents, Ward and Florence Smith. She is passionate about food safety, based on Birko’s innovation in providing environmentally safe chemical formulations, state-of-the-art equipment, servicing capabilities and technology.
Kelly oversees Birko’s manufacturing operations, and is also active in new business development at the corporate level and travels frequently to meet with customers and prospects.
Kelly earned her MBA from Colorado State University and her BA in communications from the University of Colorado. Kelly is also a former MVP for the University of Colorado’s women’s golf team. She is a former member of the North American Meat Association’s board of directors, the CSU Executive MBA Board, the Colorado Women’s Business Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-West. Kelly is a member of Vistage International, a global network for chief executives.
Kelly was recognized as a 2014 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by The Griffin Report of Food Marketing. She was also named a finalist for the 2012 and 2014 Outstanding Women in Business award, sponsored by the Denver Business Journal. Under Kelly’s leadership, Birko was ranked #34 in the 2014 Top 50 Family-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz magazine, and Birko was a 2013 Top Company Winner by ColoradoBiz magazine.