John Kelly brings decades of experience in the hospitality industry to the Board of Directors of Best Western® Hotels & Resorts. His diverse background includes serving as the managing partner of a restaurant company; designing, building, operating, and owning hotels; and initiating sales strategies to favorably position hotels for potential contracts.
Kelly has owned and operated the Best Western El Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma since 1993 and the Best Western Plus Yukon in Yukon, Oklahoma since 2000. Both of these properties have achieved incredible inspection scores since the time of opening, with the Best Western Yukon property achieving nine perfect scores in the past nine years. The property has also received numerous accolades from Best Western including eight consecutive outstanding quality awards and four MK Guertin Awards.
Kelly has served as a Governor for Best Western since 1998, receiving the All Star Governor Award in 2007 and 2011. He was also a member of the Best Western Reservation and Technology Committee from 1998 – 2003.
He served as Chair of the Committee for three years where he was responsible for the oversight and strategic planning of the brand’s Information and Technology Program. Kelly currently serves on Best Western’s Membership Development Committee.
In addition to Kelly’s work with Best Western, he has also been an active member of his community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, the State of Oklahoma Tourism Advisory Committee, the El Reno Airpark Authority, the El Reno Visitors and Tourism Advisory Committee, and served on the Reno City Council.
Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma and served as a Naval Aviator in active duty in the US Navy for 12 years (active and reserve). He is married to his wife Sadhna and has three daughters – Samantha, Allison and Hannah.