KellyAlbert C. “Kell” Kelly, Jr. is President and CEO of SpiritBank in Oklahoma.  He has been with the bank for 25 years. During this time, the bank has grown from a 40 million dollar institution in Bristow to a $1.5 billion dollar institution in 12 cities.


Kelly is currently Vice Chairman of the American Bankers Association.   He is past Chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and is also past Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Community Bankers Council. He previously served on the Board of the American Bankers Association.  He serves as the Oklahoma Bankers Association Coordinator for banking advocacy. Kelly is currently Co-chairman of TRUST, (Transportation Revenue Used Strictly for Transportation). Kelly served an 8-year term as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma Transportation Authority advising Governor Frank Keating’s administration. He serves on the boards of the Oklahoma State Chamber, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, Salvation Army and Opportunity Oklahoma.  He has completed terms on the boards of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, the Retired Educators for Agriculture Programs, and serves now as trustee of the Bristow Park Board. 


Kelly is involved in numerous other community organizations.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate from OU College of Law in 1980.  Prior to his banking experience, Kelly was an Assistant District Attorney for Creek and Okfuskee counties from 1982 to 1984, and was a partner in the law firm of McMillan, Vassar & Kelly from 1980 to 1985.  He became President and CEO of SpiritBank in 1990.  Kelly also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Captain.


Kelly has 4 children.  Albert graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is currently a special agent with the FBI. Kendal is a Journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma and presently attending Law School at Tulsa University. Tyler is a graduate of The University of Kansas and is currently getting his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oklahoma. Caitlyn is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and teaches in Arkansas.