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Kelly Norton Bio

Posted: Oct. 7, 2010

As the Executive Director of The Bead Museum in Historic Downtown Glendale, Kelly has been instrumental in keeping this unique one-of-a-kind art, history, and archaeological museum operating during a tough economic climate for museums.

Previously, as Co Owner and Director of Operations of Norton & Associates, a Government Affairs Company since December 2000, Kelly was instrumental in helping grow the business to represent many of the states largest and most recognizable corporate clients including Raytheon, BP, PacifiCare Health Systems, El Paso Electric Company, Goodrich Corporation, the Arizona Association of Industries, the Arizona Historical Society, Republic Beverage Company, and Johnson International. In 2006, Norton & Associates merged with R & R Partners and Kelly successfully transitioned the day to day operations over to the corporate office.

Prior to joining her husband at Norton & Associates, Kelly homeschooled her daughter and served in many capacities in both private and non-profit companies. She was the Director for Advancement of the Goldwater Institute where she coordinated all the fundraising efforts for the organization. Kelly spent several years as the Executive Director of COMPAS (Combined Metropolitan Phoenix Arts and Sciences). During her tenure at COMPAS, Kelly oversaw the success of 6 major auctions and events and the distribution of several million dollars into the arts community. Prior to 1997, Kelly spent 13 years working for The Pensus Group (an international investment and development company) in positions ranging from Real Estate Project Management, Director of Marketing, Director of Law Enforcement Sales for Shooter's World, and various other positions on international projects in Scotland, Ukraine and England.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Kelly has been active in many community organizations including District 6 Precinct Committeeman, Arizona 5 Arts Circle, Arizonan's for Cultural Development, The Junior League of Phoenix, Scottsdale Leadership Class III, Phoenix Citizens Police Academy, PROACT (Police and Residents Organized Against Crime Taskforce) Board of Directors, Silent Witness. She is a licensed real estate agent and travel agent.

She enjoys cooking, golfing, traveling, and hand making original glass beads. Kelly is married to Jim, her husband of 20 years. They have one daughter, Bettina.