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Dave Kelly - America's Student Leadership Trainer. Johns Creek, GA, US

Dave Kelly

America's Student Leadership Trainer


Student engagement expert thru service & campus organizations; trains restaurant servers & mortgage personnel as outstanding sales people



Dave Kelly is a professional speaker, trainer, humorist, and author. With a background in theatre and as a stand-up comedian, Dave brings fun and interactive excitement to all of his presentations.

He has spoken and trained for more than 120 different colleges and universities in over 35 states on topics including leadership, motivation, student engagement, community service, and recruitment and retention for campus organizations. He has extensive experience as a student leader and advisor on the campus, state, and national levels.

Dave has 20+ years experience in the mortgage business and over 13 years in the restaurant industry and uses his background in training personnel in both areas to be effective, efficient, and outstanding sales people. He was the founder and owner of a multi-state mortgage company for 10 years and was an industry leader as a member of the board of directors of a state-wide trade association, including two years as president. Dave has also been a top selling server, providing outstanding customer service, for well-known and specialty restaurants.

He is active in the community as a member of the Galleria/Northwest Atlanta Kiwanis Club and has held a number of leadership positions on both the club and state level. Dave has received numerous honors for both his professional and civic achievements.

Dave's keynote titles include: "The Power of Boldness: How to Succeed in Life"; "Glass? What Glass? Making the Most of Opportunities", and "10 Steps to a Winning Mental Attitude." His presentations for business and association meetings include "Secrets of Motivation", "Confidence In Leadership", "Play to Win: A Game Plan for Success", "Making the Most of Your 24/7", and "Playing Well With Others: Dealing with Conflict". His campus and collegiate conference programs include the half- to full-day "Campus Organization Leadership Training", including "Recruitment Techniques for Clubs and Organizations", "Membership Retention/Fun & Exciting Meetings", and "Officer Responsibilities and Transitions".

Dave is an avid sports fan, including a life-long obsession with the Green Bay Packers! He is both an owner (stock holder) and hopeful member of the team's season ticket waiting list--number 40, 543.

Industry Expertise (3)

Restaurant/Food Service

Corporate Training


Education (1)

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Bachelor of Science, Speech and Political Science 1984

Speech major with emphasis in Theatre Arts, Political Science major in Public Administration

Affiliations (7)

  • American Student Government Association
  • Kiwanis International
  • Georgia College Personnel Association
  • National Orientation Directors Association
  • Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities
  • Key Club International
  • Circle K International



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


500 to 3000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee