Kevin Kelly


Kevin Kelly TBP

Kevin is the founder of Civano Living, a lifestyle oriented resort real estate advisory and development firm that provides financial analysis, program and brand development services and market repositioning consultation for under-performing resort assets. Civano specializes in tapping into the emerging consumer values of sustainability, wellness and community as a point of differentiation. The firm works with some of the largest developers internationally in the luxury & boutique resort asset classes and researches the psychographic trends and buying patterns of the U.S. consumer.

Prior to Mr. Kelly re-establishing the Civano business he was the President and Chief Branding Officer of the world renowned resort & wellness company, Canyon Ranch. While as President, Kelly’s responsibilities included establishing the global brand position and developing brand extensions that contributed to the largest growth period in the company’s history. The business expansion included the creation of the Canyon Ranch Living real estate & hotel model, a skincare line, and doubling the size of its existing Spaclubs (day spas). Able to conceptualize, negotiated and manage the new business ventures he helped to build an executive team that delivered brand licensing agreements involving $1 billion of gross real estate sales. Working with the CEO/Vice Chairman, Kevin was instrumental in raising $110 million of private equity for Canyon Ranch, underwritten by a Wall Street investment bank. Canyon Ranch had 2,600 employees with six facilities and $135 million in annual revenue at the time of his friendly departure in January.

In 1996, Mr. Kelly formed Civano Development, LLC, a master-plan real estate development company that pioneered a nationally recognized public-private partnership with the creation of the first large scale sustainable, mixed-use residential project in the United States; The Community of Civano. The project was a collaboration to develop new energy building codes and construction and planning techniques to mitigate the impact of urban sprawl. Civano received accolades from the Governor of Arizona, US Department of Energy, EPA and the White House, in addition to numerous sustainable planning and design awards. The company, with an executive team of 26 people, planned and entitled close to 8,000 acres, promoted Neo-traditional town design and constructed numerous environmentally green residential and commercial buildings, apartments and a national Healthy House in collaboration with the American Lung Association. The company has assets in Connecticut and Arizona but was relatively inactive from 2001-2008, while Kelly held a position within Canyon Ranch.

Prior to Civano, Mr. Kelly was a Principal and the Managing Director of Case Enterprises Development Company, where he oversaw the development arm, a construction company, asset management and sales & marketing divisions, along with a small private equity fund for the boutique real estate firm. Case Enterprises, with 56 employees, developed and operated 2,000 apartments and
single family homes, raised and asset managed close to $100 million in corporate and private equity. The company also managed urban, commercial and retail buildings. Kelly learned the real estate syndication business while a Vice President of Finance & Development at an innovative real estate firm headquartered in New England.

The company had a national broker/dealer network and 30 limited partnerships in place at the time of his departure.

Always committed to giving back to his community, Kevin spent the first decade after graduating college working on inner-city economic development projects as the founding Executive Director of two successful nonprofits businesses. Initially, he formed a grass- roots community organizing and program development company that addressed economic inequality, leadership development, affordable housing, job training and healthcare for senior citizens. Later, Mr. Kelly founding a housing development
company that built and operated affordable family residences. Mr. Kelly served in the U.S. domestic equivalent of the Peace Corp, known as VISTA (Volunteers-In-Service-To-America) for 18-months following college. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Central Connecticut State University and has a Post- Graduate Certificate in Community Economic Development from the Pratt Institute. He lives in Arizona where he guest lectures at the U of A Eller Business College, is married and has a son and daughter.