TUESDAY TOPICS MARCH: WINSTON KELLEY; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NASCAR HALL OF FAME
Winston Kelley is the executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to joining the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2006, Kelley spent more than 27 years with Duke Power and Duke Energy serving in a wide variety of managerial and executive capacities, most recently as vice president of economic and business development and vice president of government and business relations for Duke Energy Carolinas.
In addition to his wealth of private sector experience, Kelley brings a lifelong background in NASCAR and an immense enthusiasm for the sport. Born into a racing family, Kelley’s passion for NASCAR began after he attended his first race in 1964 – the Daytona 500. Kelley regularly attended races with his father, Earl Kelley, through childhood and into his college years. Earl served as the first public relations director for the Charlotte Motor Speedway and was also a pioneer public address announcer and member of the Universal Racing Network radio broadcast team. Kelley attained one of his lifelong dreams when he became a member of the Motor Racing Network (MRN) radio broadcasting team in 1988. To this day, he still reports and serves as MRN Radio's lead pit reporter.
Kelley began working in NASCAR in 1981 and his background includes working as a race statistician for the Universal Racing Network, a public address announcer for numerous NASCAR facilities including the North Wilkesboro Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway and Daytona International Speedway, and as a reporter for “NASCAR This Morning” on Fox Sports Net (FSN).
Kelley also serves the Charlotte community through a number of civic organizations. Among many, he currently participates on the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board of advisors, chairman of the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation Executive Committee and board of directors, vice chairman of the 600 Festival Executive Committee and board of directors, and the Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council. Other past activities include serving on the Charlotte Center City Partners executive committee and board of directors, the Classroom Central’s founding board of directors, the Charlotte Research Institute’s board of directors, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Charlotte Regional Partnership Executive Governing Committee and board of directors, UNC-Charlotte’s Belk College of Business Sports Advisory Council, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and board of directors, the Union County Arts Council board of directors, the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Chester County Communities in Schools boards of directors.
Kelley graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in business management and economics. A native of Concord, North Carolina, Kelley currently resides in Charlotte.
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