Joe Kelley Out as VP of Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority

by Bob Johnson 0

LowRes_Joe_KellyReno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority Communications Manager, Ben McDonald, confirmed with BJI this afternoon that Joe Kelley no longer is employed with RSCVA. His time with the organization ended on Friday.

Kelley’s long tenure with RSCVA began in 1998 and included his most recent position as Vice President of Facilities of the RSCVA. In that position, Kelley oversaw the National Bowling Stadium, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, and the Reno Events Center and Wildcreek Gold Course.

McDonald said he could not comment on “personnel matters” when asked for the reason behind Kelley’s departure from the organization. He did however note that all renovations RSCVA is contractually obligated to conduct at the National Bowling Stadium as part of its deal with the United States Bowling Congress will proceed on schedule.

“I know we have certain agreements for renovations with USBC for the National Bowling Stadium, and there is nothing that leads me to believe at this point that those renovations will be delayed,” he said.

McDonald said no timetable currently is in place to find Kelley's replacement.

"I don't believe there has yet been any discussion among the board about filling that position," he said. "We do have a facilities committee of board members who will be making those decisions going forward."

Jennifer Cunningham, the organization's Interim Managing Director, was unavailable for comment.

We will report further on this story as more information becomes available, and we will have full coverage of this move in the June issues of Bowlers Journal and Bowling Center Management.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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