Business 100 – 2017

Brian Kelly/The Points Guy

Brian Kelly is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy, the digital platform renowned worldwide for all points, miles, and travel related tips. Launched in 2010 during Brian’s time as a Wall Street road warrior (where Brian developed his keen sense for maximizing travel experiences while minimizing spending), the company has grown into a global powerhouse travel and lifestyle media platform. With Brian at the helm, The Points Guy’s audience has doubled every year since. The Points Guy uses travel as a force for good through its nonprofit arm, Points for Peace, connecting people for social impact through a shared love for exploring the world.

Brian is a fourth-generation Irish American and descends from the O’Reillys of County Cavan and the Dempseys of County Offaly. He graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as student body president. “My first trip to abroad was to Dublin with my friend,” he has said. “We saw a $300 round-trip airfare, so Ireland was my first real trip outside the U.S. I caught the travel bug after that.”