GRand Hires IMS Veteran Paul Kelly
SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Veteran motorsports public relations professional Paul Kelly has joined GRand Solutions, as the Speedway, Ind.-based marketing, events and communications company continues to grow in all areas of its business.
Kelly will oversee planning and execution of communications programs for all GRand clients, with concentration on content, publicity, social media and public/media relations. He will work closely with the GRand team on its rapidly expanding presence in IMSA (International Motor Sports Ass’n) sports car competition and also will develop and implement GRand’s brand journalism and corporate communications initiatives.
Kelly brings 20 years of motorsports PR and communications experience to GRand, bolstering the more than 40 years of combined industry experience of company co-founders Ruthie Forbes and Gene Cottingham.
“We are truly excited to bring Paul onboard this year,” Forbes said. “We think his skill set will not only be complementary to our team but will elevate our communications initiatives to match our current growth and beyond. We take great care to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for our clients, and we feel that Paul is the right fit for our evolution.”
“GRand Solutions has been very fortunate to have seen tremendous growth in our first three years of operations,” Cottingham said. “We offer a broad range of services to a diverse mix of customers, but our communications solutions have been our most popular offering and represent an area of focus for us as we continue our growth. Paul Kelly is the right person at the right time for GRand and our clients.”
Kelly comes to GRand after serving as communications manager for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1998 and IndyCar from 1998-2003. During that tenure, he was responsible for all public relations editorial content creation and editing, and also led the media staff at all IMS events, including the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, United States Grand Prix Formula One race and Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP World Championship race.
“GRand has quickly built a reputation and proven track record for innovative, creative solutions, with seemingly boundless energy to go above and beyond to deliver,” Kelly said. “That passion matches my desire to constantly innovate while keeping a close eye on details for day-to-day execution. I can’t wait to put my experience, results and personal connections from 20 years of communications to work right away for GRand and its clients.”