“I established a startup and sold two companies before moving into an advisory role, helping other business owners develop growth and exit strategies. I understand the challenges of ownership and the hurdles that come with transitioning your company.”¬†

About John P. Kelly

John has more than 20 years of ownership experience in the food industry. For 11 years, John served as president of Kelly Pickle Company (formerly Bond Food Products). Under his leadership, the food processing company expanded through an emphasis of product development, sales, marketing, and manufacturing efforts. In 2004, Kelly Pickle was sold to Bay Valley Foods, where John served in a transitional leadership role.

Experienced in Transitions and Exit Planning

In 2006, John established Kelly Business Advisors to provide consulting to food processing companies and other business ventures. In joining the Cornerstone Business Services team, John will extend that expertise with a focus on business transactions and exit planning.

John will be managing Cornerstone’s Food and Beverage division, leading mergers and acquisitions in the food, ingredient, label, packaging manufacturing, and distribution markets.

Firsthand Owner Experience

John brings first-hand knowledge from an owner’s perspective, assisting other owners with improving their position for sale or purchase. In advising business owners through the sale process, John has represented both profitable ventures and distressed businesses, all culminating in successful business sales that positioned their owners for future achievements.

Committed to Finding the Right Buyer

In the earlier part of his career, John led a successful turnaround for the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and then established a moving and storage company in Milwaukee. He ran the latter business for seven years before selling it to join Kelly Pickle. His commitment to find the right buyer and manage the process of buying or selling a successful business resonates with business owners.
John is married with three teenage children. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and children sailing, skiing, golfing or helping with one of their projects.