Colin Kelly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984 from Suffolk University in Boston. During college he began a career in retailing with the Purity Supreme Company and in 1986 purchased his first restaurant. In the following years he added multiple locations and full line catering.
He displayed an interest in community service early on and was elected to the Everett Common Council in 1989, where he served for 11 years. Since then he has contributed much of his time to community service and charitable organizations.
In 2006, he joined Schnitzer Steel Industries as the government relations manager for the Northeast area and today is the Corporate Director of Public Affairs. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled metal products in the United States with operating facilities located in 23 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. Schnitzer has seven deep water export facilities located on both the East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company's integrated operating platform also includes auto parts stores with approximately 5 million annual retail visits. The Company's steel manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company began operations in 1906 in Portland, Oregon.