Kelly Nelson

Senior Vice President

Kelly Nelson joined Bristol Associates in 1995 with initial responsibility for our long standing Hotel and Resorts Industry Practice.  As Bristol expanded, Kelly was instrumental in the development of additional lines of business in the Travel and Tourism, Cruise Line, Theme Park and Attractions, Facility Management, Fixed Site Entertainment, and Facilities & Concession Services industry segments.

Typical search assignments include executive appointments including all “C” level positions and Vice Presidency’s.  He also handles individual unit or property level appointments including Regional Management, General Management, and Key Departmental Assignments.  Bristol has a track record of success in all career categories including –Executive, Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Food and Beverage, Business Development, Construction, and Revenue Management.

Prior to joining Bristol Associates Mr. Nelson spent 20+ years as a Senior Executive in the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, and Airline Industry. He served as Executive Vice President of Carlson Companies – owners of Carlson-Wagonlits Travel, Carlson Marketing Group, Ask Mr. Foster Travel, Firstours, Cartan Tours, Radisson Hotels and TGI Friday’s.   Kelly subsequently served as Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing for Honolulu based Hawaiian Airlines.  His in-depth knowledge of the industries in which he recruits adds to his professional approach to Executive Recruiting.

Kelly is a native of the Midwest and a proud alumnus of The University of Iowa. He is a past and/or current member of numerous professional associations, including AHLA, HSMA, SITE, MPI, USTOA, PATA, ASTA, CLIA, and IAAPA.


Phone: 310-670-0525 Ext. 1110