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About Us

The Kelsey Group was founded in 1999 to help owners of privately held companies achieve their desired work-life balance and to achieve their personal vision of business ownership.

Our purpose today is to enhance the lives of business owners by helping them gain the freedom and time to focus strategically on their business in order to maximize the return on their life’s work and have fun along the way. The leadership of all businesses will transition; our passion is to make a positive contribution to that inevitable day.

We become trusted advisors for our clients. And, through the members of our peer advisory boards, our clients gain access to the experience and perspective of other seasoned business owners. The synergies gained from these peer boards offer priceless benefits. Attempting to match this level of direct experience through consultants or other advisors is impractical and/or unaffordable.

The Kelsey Group is owned by John Keener and Barry Gleeson. The company was founded by Mr. Keener in 1999 when he started The Alternative Board (TAB) St. Louis franchise, part of a world-wide peer advisory and executive coaching organization. Barry Gleeson joined The Kelsey Group in 2008 and became an equity partner in 2011. Collectively, they bring a complementary set of skills with diverse backgrounds from both large (Fortune 100) and small, privately held businesses.


Since being part of The Kelsey Group and The Alternative Board, I want to express my appreciation for your counsel. Your ability to quickly see to the heart of the problem(s) at hand, and then provide frank and neutral advice has helped me immeasurably. For a long time, I thought having a business coach might be a good idea; but what I have learned from my membership in TAB makes me realize that it was a great decision. I am learning every month just how much I didn’t know, and how to focus more strategically on building a stronger business.

~ Patti A, Home Builder and Remodeler

Being a member of TAB for over 10 years helped prepare me for a successful exit. My goal was to create a culture and leadership team that would allow me greater flexibility with my time and with my fellow members and your coaching, I’ve made a successful transition. My intent is to have my second in command continue to grow the company with the help of TAB.

~ Chris B., Security Company

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