As the third-generation owner of Birko and a Colorado native, Kelly Green carries on the vision for food safety started by her grandparents, Ward and Florence Smith. By creating the Birko Advantage – highly trained experts offering exceptional service, the best chemistry, and the most innovative equipment – she is committed to continuing their legacy.
From inception on, Birko has been a company built on listening to customers’ needs. Kelly’s vision to combine technical services, sanitary equipment design, and innovative chemistry to meet customer challenges has resulted in a trusted food safety company, known for superior customer experiences. Based on her ability to bring all the necessary components together, customers rely on Birko to be a value-added partner. Helping customers protect their brands is key.
Prior to becoming President, Kelly earned her MBA from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado. She is a former MVP for the University of Colorado’s women’s golf team and is a former Colorado Women’s First Data Corp. Open champion! If not at Birko, she can be found on the links or cycling Colorado’s 14-ers.
Kelly is active in the food safety arena and currently is a member of the United Fresh Government Relations Council. She is a former member of the North American Meat Association’s board of directors, the CSU Executive MBA Board and the Colorado Women’s Business Chamber of Commerce. She is a past board member for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-West and Birko is a WBENC-certified company.
In 2014, Kelly was recognized as a Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by The Griffin Report of Food Marketing. She was also named a finalist for the 2012 and 2014 Outstanding Women in Business award, sponsored by the Denver Business Journal. Under Kelly’s leadership, Birko was ranked #34 in the 2014 Top 50 Family-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz magazine and Birko was named a 2013 Top Company winner by ColoradoBiz magazine.