Position: President, Delaware North, Travel Hospitality
Kevin Kelly is president of Delaware North's travel hospitality division. Delaware North is one of the largest and most-admired privately held companies in the United States with revenues of approximately $3 billion and 60,000 associates serving half a billion customers in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Over the last several years, the travel hospitality division has introduced exciting new concepts to airports such as Food Network Kitchen, Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club and numerous other award-winning brands. It operates at major airports in cities such as Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis and Detroit.
Most recently, Kelly served as vice president of shared services for Delaware North, overseeing 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 the role, Kelly was involved with each operating company within Delaware North Companies’ vast portfolio of locations and industries.
From 2005 to 2012, Kelly served as president of Delaware North's parks & resorts division. Under Kelly’s leadership, the division secured important contract extensions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Yosemite National Park, as well as new National Park Service contracts at Olympic and Shenandoah national parks. In addition, Kelly led the acquisition of three hotels in West Yellowstone, Mont., the expansion of Tenaya Lodge outside of Yosemite and the integration of the company’s five resort properties in Australia – Lizard Island, Heron Island, Wilson Island, El Questro and Kings Canyon. 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"s parks & resorts division in 1996 as director of retail operations at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 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.
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 was vice-chairman.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Kelly began his hospitality management career with Aramark in its Parks and Resorts division.