ABL has made me a more thoughtful and effective leader in my business…It’s brought my attention to important ideas that are circulating in other sectors of the healthcare business that we can put to work…. I can think of at least a half dozen issues that came to my attention through ABL.

Harry Nelson, Founder & Chair|Founder | Compliagent | Nelson Hardiman, LLP | Los Angeles Healthcare
Member Since: 2012



Mimi Grant, President of the ABL Organization

Mimi Grant is the President of the ABL Organization, and the Lead Facilitator of ABL Healthcare’s six monthly CEO Round Tables.  In addition to shaping the company’s strategic direction, and conceptualizing many of ABL’s events, like the Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards and Top Tech Trends. Mimi is also the publisher of ABL Online, a weekly electronic newsletter that helps ABL Members stay current with their fellow Members’ achievements, and on the cutting-edge of the issues that can most significantly impact their businesses.

Mimi took responsibility for ABL’s nascent Healthcare division in 1990, when it had one fledgling Round Table. Today ABL Healthcare Members meet in six monthly CEO Round Tables throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland, and San Diego.  She began co-facilitating ABL’s Technology Round Tables and directing conference activities in 1985, and has been particularly involved at the nexus point of tech-enabled healthcare ever since, and remains active in co-facilitating ABL’s four Technology Tables, with Bob Kelley.

Prior to her involvement in ABL, Mimi co-founded and was President of Five Star Marketing Services, an advertising/PR firm, and Five Star Productions, its AV unit. Five Star provided a wide range of marketing services to over 50 clients in 35 industries. Later, she founded weCan, the Women’s Economic and Career Advancement Network, for professional development. Mimi began her career with ad agencies BBD&O and Foote, Cone & Belding, before moving into PR management with Mazda Motors of America and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Mimi holds a BA in Communication Arts from Loyola-Marymount University’s (now) School of Film and Television, from which she graduated magna cum laude, and was named to two national honor societies. In 1984, she graduated from the Harvard Business School’s Owner/Presidents Management Program; and, in 1989, the Japan Study Program for International Executives, conducted in Tokyo and other major industrial cities throughout Japan. In 1997, Mimi was selected as a Finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. She is active in her church, on a local and national basis, and is a Trustee of LA’s Good Samaritan Hospital. She and her husband, Bob Kelley, raised their three children to adulthood.


Bob Kelley, CEO of the ABL Organization

Bob Kelley is CEO of the ABL Organization and the lead facilitator of ABL’s Technology Round Tables, and co-facilitator of ABL Healthcare’s San Diego Table. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of six technology companies, each focused on a major high-growth initiative during his service.


Since assuming leadership of ABL in 1985, Bob has continuously explored and developed innovative new programs for the organization, including its Healthcare Executives Round Table Program, as well as various Financial and Board of Directors Workshops. Bob has been recognized for his Board of Directors work with growing companies as an Inc. Magazine “Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year” in Orange County, and subsequently as one of three national finalists in that category. He published The Board of Directors and Its Role in Growing Companies, in 1984. He was chair of two companies while they were recognized as #50 and #280 on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List. He also continues to provide an average of two of his half-day “Developing an Effective Board” workshops annually. He developed and served on the advisory board, provided financial transaction counseling and general business strategy guidance, and acted as a temporary division president, for a private security technology company, which was subsequently sold to a Fortune 500 US utility for hundreds of millions of dollars. In the mid ‘90’s, he co-authored Better Than Money, recognized by Harvard Business School’s Professor of Entrepreneurship as the first major work on the then-emerging field of “angel investing.” Co-author Dave Berkus subsequently became Chairman of the Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investment network.

Prior to his involvement with the development of ABL, Bob provided various combinations of executive leadership, strategy, and support services for innovation initiatives through executive positions and a business development consultancy. Four of these companies experienced extraordinary growth during his tenure and two were then on the Inc. 500. Immediately prior to ABL, in 1981, he co-founded what became the General Group of Companies which achieved $200 million in sales, in 1985, through several strategic partnerships and spin-offs, which he shaped.

Bob holds a BBA degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to his ABL business partner Mimi Grant, and they have two adult children. Bob has enjoyed a lifelong passion for enabling innovation; he is also an avid investor, primarily in early stage technology companies.


Laura Grant is the Director of Marketing & Events

Laura Grant is the Member Services Manager for ABL’s Northern California Healthcare Round Tables, as well as the Director of Marketing & Events. Like Laura,  Janet Rich, the Publications Manager and Editor of ABL Online, and Jody Ferguson, Director of Operations, have been with ABL for over 20 years.

Robin Ankrom is ABL’s Southern California Member Services Manager

Robin Ankrom is the Member Services Manager for ABL’s Southern California Healthcare Round Tables.

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