Position: President, Delaware North, Travel
Kevin Kelly is president of Delaware North’s travel subsidiary, which provides award-winning food, beverage and retail services at airports around the world. Delaware North is a global leader in hospitality and food service with more than $3 billion in annual revenue and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Kelly oversees all aspects of Delware North’s travel division, which operates more than 200 airport outlets in 20 cities, including some of the world’s busiest airports such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Over the last several years, Delaware North has secured several new airport contracts, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Tampa and Boise, while also introducing new and innovative concepts such as Food Network Kitchen, L.A.’s Original Farmer’s Market and numerous other award-winning dining and retail outlets. Its portfolio boasts more than 200 national, local and proprietary brands, as well as high-profile partnerships with the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Jack Nicklaus and Jay-Z. While being a leader in the industry, Delaware North also maintains several longtime airport contracts, some of which have spanned more than 60 years.
Prior to leading the travel division, 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’s vast portfolio of locations and industries.
From 2005 to 2012, Kelly served as president of Delaware North’s parks and resorts subsidiary, where he earned key contract extensions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and 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.
Kelly joined Delaware North’s parks and 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.