The Company Team
Kelly Gates - Managing Director
A dynamic and proven business leader with a strong background in strategic marketing and growth strategies in support of middle market and Fortune 500 businesses, Kelly Gates has proven ability in strategy, business planning, market entry, product development and launch, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Gates has over 25 years of experience in marketing, strategy development, M&A, and related areas. Prior to joining Gates and Company, as Director, Worldwide Marketing for IriScan, Inc. – a biometric technology company - she honed her skills in business-to-business marketing of innovative and leading edge high-technology products and solutions, creating marketing initiatives and market entry plans that allowed the company to double revenues every year since start-up. Ms. Gates also worked with the Philadelphia consulting practices of Ernst & Young [now EY], developing and implementing strategic marketing programs and business development to increase the client base and revenue streams for various practice areas.
Currently, Ms. Gates helps firms with market and competitive analysis, business plan development, strategic marketing and positioning, strategic planning, channel strategy, new product introduction, market entry, and M&A activities. She has extensive skills in marketing research and analysis, market and competitive positioning, strategic growth planning and resource allocation, budgeting and capital planning, strategic marketing, product development and launch, and mergers and acquisitions deals.
Ms. Gates is Project Faculty at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the German-American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia) Board of Directors; a former Board member for the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and Diamond State Ventures (now Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures); and a member of the Emerging Enterprise Center Advisory Board.
Education: MBA, Marketing Management, Widener University; BS, Business Administration/Marketing, University of Tulsa.
Interests/Hobbies: Intermediate level French, beginning level German, travel, running, snow skiing, reading, and cooking; certified open water SCUBA diver.