Young Professional of the Year
Kelso Kennedy, RedStamp Agency
Nominees in the Young Professional of the Year category are individuals whose leadership skills, innovation, and dedication to community development have defined them as an outstanding Tri-Cities’ business professional. They create an environment that fosters growth and encourages development while giving back to the community and inspiring others. These candidates have showcased dedication in their work and in bettering their business to the best of their abilities.
Sponsored by Phoenix Truck & Crane
Last Year’s Recipient: Byron Vallis, Mariner Brewing
Kelso Kennedy is a founder, CEO, and marketer who’s passionately obsessed with the future. At 14, Kelso had registered a business and was making websites for Hollywood blockbusters. At the age of 18, he shifted to more purposeful work, Kelso and his mother started a nonprofit focused on rehabilitating and educating the homeless in downtown Vancouver – one of the first to truly utilize peer-to-peer and social technology in Vancouver – their model has since been replicated worldwide.
In 2005, Kelso started Mango Ideas and carved out his niche in the world of tech as a service. This earned him a nomination for Canada’s Top 25 Under 25. As he built up Mango he fell in love with the science of marketing, and in 2012 he co-founded the digital agency RedStamp from his apartment in Klahanie.
Running fully bootstrapped they managed to double the business size every single year to over 35 people, while servicing the largest tech companies in Silicon Valley. All these adventures have taught Kelso things an MBA never could. The few things he didn’t learn through the School of Hard Knocks, he picked up later in life in his classes at Harvard.