Kevin Kelly is vice president of shared services for Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. With more than $2.6 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 employees, it is one of the largest privately held companies in the world.
Kelly oversees enterprise-wide services – including retail, the Culinary and Hospitality Council, supply management services, facilities, corporate security and the company’s proprietary environmental management system, GreenPath®. In this role, Kelly is involved with each operating company within Delaware North Companies’ vast portfolio of locations and industries.
Under Kelly’s leadership since 2005, the Parks & Resorts division has secured important contract extensions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Yosemite National Park, as well as recent National Park Service contracts at Olympic and Shenandoah national parks. In addition, Kelly led the acquisition of three hotels in West Yellowstone, Mont. Kelly also led the company’s newest additions to its hotel portfolio – Lizard Island, Heron Island, Wilson Island, El Questro and Kings Canyon in Australia. Under Kelly’s leadership in the Parks & Resorts, the company was named as a top hotel management company and several of its properties were regularly ranked in the world’s best.
Kelly joined Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts in 1996 as director of retail operations at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is managed by Delaware North. He later served as director of retail operations and then chief operating officer for Delaware North at Yosemite National Park before going on to serve as a regional vice president for the division and president of the company’s Yosemite National Park operations.
In addition to his leadership role with Delaware North, Kelly serves on the boards of the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation. He has been a strong advocate for responsible stewardship of U.S. national parks through participation on numerous committees and councils at a national level, including the National Parks Hospitality Association, of which he is vice-chairman.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Kelly began his hospitality management career with Aramark Services as assistant manager at Muir Woods in the San Francisco Bay Area. He relocated with Aramark to Pikes Peak in Colorado, where he was promoted to regional general manager – responsible for Muir Woods National Monument, Hearst Castle and Pikes Peak.