"The experience of creating a business that successfully employs others and provides sustainable solutions to our customers' business challenges is equally humbling and rewarding."
-E. Davon Kelly, Entrepreneur
Everett Davon Kelly, a native of the metropolitan Washington DC area, is the President and CEO of NOVAD Management Consulting, LLC. Mr. Kelly uses his expertise in business and project management to assist clients in assessing opportunities, refining capabilities and capitalizing on resources to achieve greater success. Mr. Kelly has gained a reputation as a skillful listener and a firm but tactful communicator who gets to the heart of problems through incisive and thorough analysis.
When Mr. Kelly founded NOVAD in 2003, he was determined that his consulting firm would not focus on quick fixes, short-term answers or one-off solutions; instead, he cultivates long-term relationships based on ongoing dialogue, mutual trust and integrity. To accomplish his vision for the company, Mr. Kelly carefully selects consultants that bring technical expertise in the fields of strategic planning, asset and property management and marketing, business process reengineering and IT support; as well as training in interpersonal and coaching skills.
NOVAD has been the prime contractor for multi-million dollar projects in both private industry and the federal government. Through Mr. Kelly’s leadership, NOVAD’s recent successes include process improvements for a personnel and administration support center of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance, provide expertise in project management for the Food and Drug administration; audit services for various other Federal Government Agencies; and organizational assessment of the Office of Asset Management for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Before establishing NOVAD, Mr. Kelly garnered over 15 years of experience in commercial banking, general accounting services, organizational assessments and project management. He has held a variety of senior manager and consultant positions with both the Federal Government and large private industry organizations.
In 2012, Davon Kelly opened My Barber's Lounge (MBL). The upscale barbershop chain provides 24 licensed barbers an opportunity to practice their craft in Greenbelt and Forestville, MD. My Barber's Lounge won the award for 2014 Best Barbershop at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Awards. The Neighborhood Awards is a national competition hosted by talk show host, radio personality and author Steve Harvey and hosted by the Ford Motor Company. In 2013, MBL was recognized by the Gazette Newspaper as the Best Salon (Barbershop) in Prince George's County, a significant achievement for its first year of operation.
Davon Kelly provides this same level of passion and business support to the community organizations that he supports. He serves as Board Chair of Boys Town of Washington, D.C. Boys Town is a nonprofit organization founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan to serve the needs of at-risk children and families. Kelly has also served on the Board of Directors for the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) since 2012. NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school and to plan for successful futures.
A star basketball player during his high school and college career, Kelly has taught the value of team and sportsmanship as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Episcopal High School since 2003. He shares his wisdom and entrepreneurial experience in his book, From Courtside to the Boardroom: A Legacy in the Making. Inspired by the book and his work as a basketball coach, Davon Kelly has started a nonprofit organization, The 13th Man. The 13th Man will provide training, mentoring, leadership development and enrichment activities to equip young men with the necessary tools to move from feelings of inadequacy to being in the 'starting lineup'. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the 13th Man.
His leadership was acknowledged in 2010 as he received the Washington Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award for Outstanding Performance and by the State of Maryland as one of the Top 100 MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) owners of the year. Davon Kelly has a B.S. degree in finance from Florida Tech University and a Master's Degree in business administration from Bowie State University.
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