Kelly Gordon

Associate, International Programs

Our team sat down with Kelly to learn more about him and the vast wealth of knowledge she brings to Bramer Group. You can read our conversation below.  

What decision gave you the most success in your career?  

My commitment to embracing calculated risks has been instrumental in my career. Stepping outside my comfort zone has not only allowed me to develop new skills and broaden my knowledge base, but it has also opened doors to unexpected opportunities that I am forever grateful for.

Who is your hero?  

My dad is my hero. He possesses an uncanny ability to connect with anyone he meets. He walks into a room filled with strangers and, within minutes, has them laughing and sharing stories. His genuine warmth and charisma instantly put people at ease, making them feel like they've known him for years.

Furthermore, he thrives on challenges– approaching every obstacle with unwavering optimism and a never-give-up attitude. His adventurous spirit and willingness to step outside his comfort zone are contagious, constantly pushing me to embrace new experiences and never settle for mediocrity.

Witnessing my dad consistently embrace the road less traveled has instilled in me a deep appreciation for boldness, calculated risks, and the adaptability to pivot when needed.

What is your most prized possession?  

My daughters (Riley, Kenley and Hayden).

Do you have a “pump up” song? If so, what is it?    

Not a pump-up song, but a song that always keeps me grounded and humbled is "Standing Room Only" by Tim McGraw.

It is a reminder that it is not the material things in life that matter most. It is about the people you love, the relationships you build, and the experiences you have.

What is your advice to young people who are interested in working in government relations?  

Embrace the power and impact of your work in the defense industry. It is a blessing to protect our country and way of life from the office, and an honor to be part of a team dedicated to keeping our nation safe.

Tell us about a memorable moment from your career.  

Receiving a call from a patient on day two of their treatment program, telling me that they were no longer in pain and that their temper was decreasing, was one of the most rewarding moments of my career as COO of a nonprofit.

I will always remember that call because it was the first time, I felt like I had really made a difference in someone's life. I realized then that the work I do is truly important and that I am helping people to live better lives.

What is your greatest accomplishment? 

I believe my greatest accomplishment is still in the works, but I am excited about the potential to make a positive impact on the world and to those around me.  

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  

The ability to fly would be an amazing gift. Seeing the world from a bird's eye view would allow me to appreciate its beauty in a way that most people can't. Flying would also be incredibly fast and efficient, giving me the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want. I could travel the world, visit far-off places, or simply take a break from the world and soar above the clouds.

In addition to the freedom and convenience off light, I would also be able to help people in need in ways that are currently impossible. I could rescue people from burning buildings, flood zones, and other dangerous situations.