Martin Kelly | President of ISM Insurance Inc. | Bio
Martin Kelly | President of ISM Insurance Inc. | Bio | Mobile

President of ISM Insurance Inc.


Martin has served serve private-independent schools with the most comprehensive and mission-appropriate insurance coverages for over 25 years. He’s been the President of ISM Insurance Inc. since 1996 and has worked with 1,200 schools, insuring more than 30,000 staff and 200,000 students.

Current Role

Among other initiatives, Martin has developed a private-independent school-specific safety and risk management assessment service for ISM, including review of crisis response plans, facilities safety, employment practices, bullying and harassment, reporting and investigation protocols, trips and travel, contracts, and insurance coverages.

Martin writes for Ideas & Perspectives, ISM's flagship advisory letter, in his areas of expertise. He has presented on risk management to numerous school associations over the past several years and has conducted many on-site assessments.

Prior Experience

Martin began his insurance career as a large case underwriter. He was then asked to improve performance and profitability for a multimillion-dollar, multiple-employer trust division of a large national insurance company. After successfully meeting that challenge, Martin helped start a group division for another national insurance company. In five years, he grew the business to over $100 million in premiums.

Martin moved to "the other side" of insurance, becoming a third-party administrator specializing in medical associations. He worked with over 1,000 physicians, including the College of American Pathologists, in the areas of employee benefits and medical malpractice. He came to ISM in 1996.


Martin holds an MBA from Widener University (PA), a BS in economics from Villanova University (PA), and a Certified Risk Managers (CRM) degree.