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impressions Frank Kelly wants to make sure everyone has the potential
to be an “ACE” day and night, inside and out, regardless of
the cards they’ve been dealt.
Tex t by Jillian Lobato
Photo courtesy of A .C.E. Unleashed, Inc.
30 brickell magazine
n most lifetimes, a person experiences at
least one major bout of hopelessness that
leads them to embark on some serious
soul-searching. This is where motivational
speaker Frank Kelly comes in to help bring
back the desire needed to get back out there. An
accomplished director of a Fortune 500 company,
Kelly strives to instill positive attitudes in others.
As the founder of A.C.E. Unleashed, Inc.
and A.C.E. Unleashed Productions, Kelly used
“A.C.E.” to highlight the important points of his
presentations: “A” stands for Attitude, “C” for
Communication Skills and “E” for External Image,
all of which will guarantee success if implemented
correctly. In his speeches, he uses high-energy
and incorporates music, dancing and humor to
build a lasting impression on his listeners and help
them to visually understand how attitude is such
an influential tool in life. “In today’s culture, one
must leave a stronger lasting impression that has
an impact on others,” he says. Having motivated
students in high schools and colleges, along with
large corporations, small companies and homeless
shelters, his philosophy works.
With two successful programs under his belt that
secured employment for homeless men and women,
Kelly most recently launched Project Vacant
Streets (PVS) to provide 21 days of coaching to the
homeless community in South Florida in order to
help them re-engage into the workforce and rebuild
their lives. Qualified candidates have a minimal to
no criminal record or history of substance abuse
and are enthusiastic to re-enter the workforce. He
helps them through a series of “transperiences” —
a term coined by Kelly to capture the emotional,
professional and physical transformational
experiences needed to help regain self-esteem
and eventually gain employment and housing.
“As we become further immersed in a recession
with rising unemployment rates and dwindling
job opportunities, we’ve begun to see a drastic
increase in the percentage of Americans that fall
victim to homelessness,” says Kelly. “On a personal
level, PVS helps position the homeless back into
the workforce. At a national level, the project
aims to create awareness among our country’s
employers and to alleviate the misconceptions
often associated with our homeless community,
in hopes of having American employers consider
homeless candidates for positions.”
When it comes to physical appearance, Kelly
knows the importance of first impressions. So
much so that he earned as spot as one of Esquire’s
“Best Dressed Real Men in America” in 2007.
“Your combined attire and external image is what
allows you to leave a positive first impression. For
more information, visit FrankKelly.net.