Kelly Doran

Founder and principal
Doran Cos.

Don’t bet against Kelly Doran. For years, Doran was best known as a developer of retail properties. But when he returned to the industry after a sabbatical in 2007, Doran was reborn as a multifamily developer. His projects include the luxury Mill & Main apartments on the Minneapolis riverfront. At the same time, his Doran Construction division is increasingly busy. He was ahead of the curve in seeing demand for new student apartments near the University of Minnesota, where he has been prolific. His latest student project, a 210-unit building dubbed the Bridges, opened this fall.