Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly, who founded Applied Communications Group in 1992 in Silicon Valley, died April 13. He was 64.

Founded before the explosion of Internet usage, Applied ranked among the Top Ten technology firms with more than 60 staffers in San Francisco, Washington and Amsterdam.

It counted Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, BEA Systems, VeriSign, Cisco, StorageTek and PayPal among its clients.

Kelly sold Applied’s PR and communications research unit to Britain’s Next 15, parent of Bite Communications in Text 100, in 2003.

He then launched Playmaker Systems in Bethesda in 2006 to help professionals anticipate moves in their markets.

Kelly also lectured on strategic communications at the University of Maryland, served as a political analyst at SiriusXM and blogged at HuffPost.