About Kerry W. Kirby

Entrepreneurship

Kerry W. Kirby is a global entrepreneur, technology innovator, and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of 365 Connect, a company that specializes in automated marketing, leasing, and resident engagement platforms for multifamily communities worldwide. Executing on a progressive vision of creating leading-edge products and services, Kerry has won more technology awards than any other company is his home state of Louisiana, as well as the industry he serves. Prior to founding 365 Connect, Kerry worked in the multifamily housing industry developing communities across the Southeastern United States. Kerry’s eye for finding buildable sites with incredible locations was his formula to creating an array of successful ventures.

Kerry W. Kirby CEO 365 Connect

Philanthropy

Kerry and his wife Melinda are actively involved in supporting communities and causes, with an unwavering dedication to humanitarian, educational, healthcare, and equality programs. Through their Kerry & Melinda Kirby Charitable Fund, they provide resources to non-proft organizations that accelerate progress by championing causes that give a voice to those that are often not heard. They have been highly recognized for their philanthropic commitment, being honored with a Communitas International Award for their significant impact in making a difference in people’s lives.

Leadership

Kerry serves on the Board of Advisors of Rainbow, a national nonprofit organization that provides service-enriched housing programs for affordable housing communities across the country. He is Chair of Technology Initiatives for the Multifamily Innovation Advisory Council, a private, members only group, focused on assisting owners and operators of multifamily communities identify pain points and explore innovative solutions that will drive change across the industry.

Awards & Recognition

Kerry’s impact and success have garnered widespread recognition. He’s been honored with prestigious accolades such as the Louisiana Governor’s Technology Award and the Titan Entrepreneur Award, acknowledging his remarkable technological contributions. Continuously for nine years, he’s been listed among the Silicon Bayou 100, highlighting his influential role in entrepreneurship. Notably, he stands as the inaugural recipient in the multifamily housing sector to receive the Bootstrapper Award, a testament to his remarkable journey of transforming his scrappy startup into a formidable proptech powerhouse, all achieved without external funding.

Media Appearances

As an acclaimed speaker and award-winning podcaster, Kerry has reached millions of listeners having appeared across various media outlets, streaming services, and event stages to discuss the convergence of technology in our digitally dependent world. He has appeared on the BBC Digital Planet, BBC Podcast Network, NPR News, CBS’s Digital Gumbo Segment, and an array of independent media publications.

Personal Life

Kerry and his wife Melinda were married on 10-10-10 in City Park’s Historic Conservatory, a date they view as iconic, as the number ten symbolizes perfection and completeness. They have a passion for timeless designs, historic structures, and recognizable style, which is evident in their personally designed and built French inspired residence, affectionately named Chateau de Reve. With Kerry’s love of rock-n-roll, their home features a media room with a tasteful collection of memorabilia, which Kerry accumulated by living out his childhood dream of meeting some of the biggest rockstars in the world from bands such as Aerosmith, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, and numerous others. Kerry and Melinda reside in an affluent New Orleans suburb with their two daughters and family dogs.