Tom Kay is departing the organization he has guided for the past 37 years. He first became involved with The Conclave when he was the PD at WJOH/St. Cloud, MN and joined the very first Conclave Advisory Board. Three years later he joined the Doug Lee record-promotions organization and at the same time became a coordinator at The Conclave. He went full-time as executive director in 1985, when the organization became a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
In speaking of his retirement, Kay said, “I’m proud of what I’ve helped build for these 37 years, and I feel uplifted that something I had a small hand in creating has had such a positive impact on industry and the people in it.”
Editor’s Appreciation: Tom is being characteristically modest describing his role as “a small hand.” The peripatetic Mr. Kay is the major reason that The Conclave has been such a respected forum for the programming side of our business for decades. He will be missed. That said, we wish Tom the very best in the next chapter of his life.