Kelly was born July 19, 1970 in St. Louis Mo. Kelly was raised by his Great grand-parents Kelly and Rosa Anna May. At the age of 17 Kelly joined the U.S. Army after passing up scholarships from Arizona State, Iowa, Iowa State for football and baseball.
Kelly served in the U.S. Army for 21years and retired as First Sergeant. Kelly is a decorated war veteran with a Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, 6 Army Commendation Medals, 5 Army Achievement Medals, and Air assault badge, Basic Parachutist Wings, The Glen E. Morrell Award, Recruiter Ring, and Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphires.
Kelly is married to Starlette L. Price they have five children Kenneth, Lanesha, Chanelle, Jama’l, Tre’von, two Daughter-in-laws Pam, Amber , two granddaughters, one grandson a Boxer named Ali. Kelly is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
After Kelly’s retirement from the U.S. Army in June of 2009 after 21 years of service to his nation, Kelly decided to become an entrepreneur, going into business with a friend to form Networking International, to connect local business and business around the world, Kelly also becoming a partner in a marketing firm, FireWolf Marketing with office locations in New York and Atlanta. Kelly host charity events threw out the year. Kelly host every Aug a back to school supplies drive, in October a Taste for a Cure for Breast Cancer, in November a food basket drive for needy families in the mid-south, December Tune for Toys where he gives over $7,000.00 worth of toys to kids in need. In March of 2012 Kelly became a little closer to the city of Memphis by joining the JustMy.com a digital company that develops digital profiles for individual professionals and companies to help make Memphis the city of choice. In May of 2013 Kelly Darnell Price, in the sprite of entrepreneurship Kelly has established an academy for young entrepreneurs called Memphis Entrepreneur Academy. Mr. Price launched this project as summer program that inspire children to thrive for higher goals, good citizenship, to conduct themselves as to bring credit to themselves, family and community also develop future leaders for our community and nation to build a better economy for the future. Kelly had such a great success with the summer program he has expand the program to a Saturday program. Memphis Entrepreneur Academy (MEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting summer program class that transforms young students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of business owners, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based MEA! MEA approach empowers youth to take charge of their futures in a profound way.
Kelly belongs to several civic organizations; Prince Hall Mason, Shriner, 32 Degree Mason, Knights of Columbus, NRA, Golden Circle (NRA), Member of the East Shelby Republican Club.
Kelly has been recognized for his work in and around the Memphis and Shelby County area. In May of 2011 Mayor AC Wharton Jr. recognized Networking in Memphis and founder Kelly D. Price for his work in helping to revitalize the Memphis economy by working to help build relationships thru different companies, organizations and individuals to help make Memphis the city of choice. In September 2011 The State of Tennessee recognized Kelly D. Price as one of the Tri-State Defender Men of Excellence Award Reception for his dedication of community involvement in Memphis and Shelby County. In October of 2011 Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. recognized Networking in Memphis and founder Kelly D. Price for his work in helping to revitalize the Shelby County economy. In Oct of 2011 Congressman Steve Cohen of 9th District of Tennessee recognized Networking in Memphis and founder Kelly D. Price for his work in for helping to revitalize the local economy. Kelly is the recipient of the 2012 Black Business Association of Memphis Outstanding Professional Service Award and The Tri-State Defender 2012 Best in Black Awards Best Social Entrepreneur/Activist and The Tri-State Defender Best in Black Awards 2012 Best Professional Organization! September Kelly was recognized by Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. for is work with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University which has launched Family Day in Memphis, TN.