Tom Kay announces his retirement as Executive Director of the Conclave, the organization that he helped build and serve over the past 37 years. Kay’s association with the Conclave began in 1976, when as PD of WJON/St. Cloud, MN, he became part of the organization’s first Advisory Board. In 1979, he left radio to join Doug Lee Midwest Promotion in Minneapolis as a promotion associate and Conclave coordinator. In 1985, as the Conclave became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, its Board of Directors named him Executive Director, a post he has held ever since.
Kay says, "I have become one of those ‘men of a certain age’ and it’s simply come time to hang up my Clavin’ shoes. 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!"
Mark Bolke, Chairman of the Conclave Board of Directors, said of Tom’s announcement, "The Conclave will be forever indebted to the vision and dedication to the mission of Tom Kay. 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."
Bolke commented on beginning the search for Tom’s replacement search, "The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of The Conclave. The Executive Director 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 Executive Director, The Conclave will carry an achievement oriented media culture based on continuous teaching/learning principles."
Applications are now being accepted for the post of Conclave Executive Director. A detailed list of applicant requirements along with a complete Executive Director Job description describing the position and its responsibilities can be found at www.theconclave.com. All applications must be submitted via email to: ExecutiveDirectorSearch@theconclave.com no later than September 21, 2012.