Gold Canyon, a leading candle and home decor direct sales company based in Chandler, has appointed Thomas F. Kelly as chief executive officer. Kelly brings more than three decades of direct sales organization leadership to this position and has been tapped for his unique ability to drive revenue growth and profitability while sustaining high levels of motivation through dynamic market and organizational shifts.
Prior to Gold Canyon, Kelly served as chief executive officer of Silpada Designs, where he was responsible for transforming and upgrading the company’s organizational capabilities, as well as being instrumental in successfully transitioning the company back to a privately held, family-run business when Avon Products, Inc. decided to sell it. Kelly previously built a distinguished 32-year career at Avon Products, Inc., where he rose to senior vice president. Throughout his Avon career, Kelly implemented key teambuilding initiatives, developed and mentored global direct sales leadership and drove organizational productivity.
“Throughout his impressive career in global direct sales leadership roles, Tom has excelled at motivating and mentoring teams while generating results for both public and private companies,” said Joseph G. Phillips, managing director of Unique Investment Corporation. “We are thrilled to tap into Tom’s global experience driving productivity and growth, and look forward to his long-term future contributions as CEO.”
“I am honored to join Gold Canyon, and I look forward to working with the company’s amazing team of sales consultants and associates and empowering them to take Gold Canyon to the next level,” said Kelly. “Working closely with the company’s stakeholders, I will build upon Gold Canyon’s strengths to ensure the company’s future expansion and success.”
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University. He was a board member of the Direct Selling Association from 2005 to 2012, most recently serving as chairman of the board of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. Currently residing in Leawood, Kan., he and his wife are relocating to Chandler, Ariz.