Tom Kay To Retire From The Conclave
September 5, 2012 at 3:54 AM (PT)
After 37 years, THE CONCLAVE Exec. Dir TOM KAY has announced his retirement from company. KAY was PD at WJON/ST. CLOUD, MN when he became part of the organization’s first Advisory Board. Three years later he left radio to join DOUG LEE MIDWEST PROMOTION and become CONCLAVE coordinator. He was named Exec. Dir. in 1985 when the CONCLAVE became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
"I have become one of those ‘men of a certain age’ and it’s simply come time to hang up my Clavin’ shoes," KAY said. "I’m proud of what I’ve helped build for these 37 years, and feel uplifted that something I had a small hand in creating has had such a positive impact on an industry and the people in it. The time has come for a person with a fresh vision to step up and find the ways and means to turn the challenges facing our industry into soul-stirring opportunities, and continuing the mission of the Conclave to nurture, teach and inspire. I thank the CONCLAVE Board, past and present, and the industry for having afforded me the privilege to serve the organization and radio for as long as I have. I look forward now to spending time with my ever-growing family and my newly retired wife. Forget it, LOU GEHRIG ... it’s ME who’s truly the luckiest man on the face of the earth!"
"THE CONCLAVE will be forever indebted to the vision and dedication to the mission of TOM KAY," CONCLAVE Board of Dirs. Chairman MARK BOLKE said. "TOM has been the torchbearer for the spark of an idea between industry professionals to what has become a nationally recognized organization for the benefit of current and future broadcasters. As we transition to a new era, we appreciate his continued guidance and mentorship of a new Executive Director of THE CONCLAVE."
Regarding the search for KAY’s replacement, "The Exec. Dir. is the CEO of THE CONCLAVE," BOLKE said. "The Exec. Dir. reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The successful candidate will be a high impact, dynamic and visionary leader. Through the Exec. Dir., THE CONCLAVE will carry an achievement-oriented media culture based on continuous teaching/learning principles."