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Kelly ’89 Named NRLA Chair

Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2014

Jonas Kelly '89 has been named the 2014 chair of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, according to an article in "Home Channel News." Kelly is vice president of Jay-K Lumber, in New Hartford, N.Y.

In addition to his role at JAY-K, Kelly has also chaired Young Leaders United Volunteer Day, is a board member of Christmas in April, a board member (and former president) of Oneida County Habitat for Humanity, a former president of the Central New York Retail Lumber Dealers Association and a current NRLA and CNYRLDA board member.

Kelly earned a B.A. in religious studies from Hobart College. As a student, Kelly was a member of the sailing team.

The full announcement follows.

HCN, Home Channel News
Meet the NRLA's new chair, Jonas Kelly

Hcn Staff • January 21, 2014

Jonas Kelly, of JAY-K Independent Lumber Co. Inc, is now presiding over the NRLA as its 2014 chairman.

Jonas is the grandson of JAY-K founder Joseph Kelly and has played an active role in the family business since the age of 13, interrupted only by his college years at Hobart College and year-long tenure at Somerville Lumber shortly thereafter.

In addition to his role at JAY-K, Kelly has also chaired Young Leaders United Volunteer Day, is a board member of Christmas in April, a board member (and former president) of Oneida County Habitat for Humanity, a former president of the Central New York Retail Lumber Dealers Association and a current NRLA and CNYRLDA board member.

Kelly helped his father and uncle weather big-box competition in the late 1990s, which came in the form of a new Home Depot and Lowe's moving into their neighborhood.

"People always ask, "What changes did you make?" he told the NRLA. "The answer is: Instead of home runs, we made a thousand base hits."

Kelly received a Welcome Reception at the 2013 NRLA Annual Meeting in Cooperstown, N.Y. on Oct. 11-12. His brother, Adam Kelly, delivered a slideshow tribute to Jonas.

 


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