President & CEO, Lewis Strategic
Kelly Lewis continues to strengthen his role as one of Pennsylvania’s recognized innovation leaders. His firm, Lewis Strategic delivers a focused set of services specifically designed to maximize client growth, innovation and integrated cost-savings in Pennsylvania. His unique blend of clients is carefully screen and selected to accelerate cost-savings, technology-adoption, competitive advantages and deliver best-in-class services to schools, hospitals, governments, non-profits and businesses. Lewis is a founding shareholder in several innovative start-up companies.
From 2005 to 2012, Lewis dynamically led the trade group for the technology industry in Pennsylvania, where he played a highly-visible role in shaping Pennsylvania technology strategy. His work remains embedded in legislation, budgets, and public policies advancing the technology, telecommunications and healthcare industries, in particular. To speed needed innovation-infrastructure, Lewis founded the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Group representing the leading companies in energy, telecommunications, water/wastewater and transportation. The Group hosted annual Infrastructure summits with 500+ guests. For many years, Lewis hosted TechQuest TV, a vibrant 30-minute statewide TV program showcasing technology leaders across Pennsylvania.
From 2000 to 2004, Lewis served in the PA House of Representatives. In just four years, Lewis’ legislative record includes the nation’s first and largest bill for external heart defibrillators (Automated External Defibrillators – AEDs), placing more than 3,200 AEDs in PA school buildings. He led passage of 3 major initiatives to change school-funding. He prime-sponsored Pennsylvania’s Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) law, anti-predatory lending practices, highway safety corridor legislation, and the multi-million growth supplement to aid fast-growing schools. His tort reform work against venue-shopping has saved billions since adoption. Lewis’ toll-equity effort at the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge cut toll rates and saved residents and businesses more than $4 million per year.
In 2004, Lewis was the executive producer for the still widely-acclaimed jazz album, “The Reasons for Christmas Project,” featuring famous Pocono musicians Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates, Jr., Eric Doney, & Bobby Syvarth, as a highly successful fundraiser for Pocono Area Transitional Housing, Inc.
An attorney with an MBA and finance degree, Lewis served four years as the Monroe County Controller, overseeing its $110 million budget, financial operations, pension fund and annual audits. Here his efforts resulted in multi-million cost-savings, technology-advancement, and significant financial reforms that continue to benefit County taxpayers. A twin, Lewis is a graduate of East Stroudsburg Area High School, where he served as class president. He continued his education at Bloomsburg University, where he earned a degree in Finance, and served as the student government treasurer. Lewis earned a law degree and an MBA (JD/MBA) from the Widener University School of Law. Presently, Lewis resides in one of the oldest homes west of Susquehanna River in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.