Nevada Agency’s role expanded in Nevada 150 Celebration

Las Vegas – The Nevada 150 Commission agreed to expand the role of The Glenn Group to include certain day-to-day management responsibilities and fundraising efforts. The decision by the Nevada 150 Commission to expand The Glenn Group’s current responsibilities was taken after the recent departure of Esther Carter, who had been serving as the Commission’s Executive Director.

The Glenn Group also announced its intention to hire Kara J. Kelley, former CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, to fulfill its obligations under the expanded role. Kelley will be dedicated exclusively to activities in support of the Sesquicentennial celebrations. The Nevada 150 Commission, comprised of thirteen individuals appointed by Governor Sandoval, was established by Executive Order and, will retain its oversight responsibilities on all matters pertaining to Nevada 150 activities in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

“I commend the Commission on its decision,” said Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, Chair of the Nevada 150 Commission. “The Glenn Group’s demonstrated expertise and talent in our planning efforts have already proven to be invaluable. Combined with The Glenn Group’s established statewide footprint and vibrant 44-year history in Nevada, the Commission was very comfortable with this decision to proceed in this direction.”

“We are extremely excited to have an expanded role for this once-in-a-lifetime professional opportunity, and we recognize the importance of dedicating a full-time position to focus on creating and managing a successful celebration,” said Valerie Glenn, CEO of The Glenn Group. “Kara's proven experience in managing volunteer organizations, her knowledge of non-profits and her successful fundraising abilities will be tremendously helpful in ensuring the success of this special project. These attributes combined with our agency’s extensive marketing experience and knowledge of Nevada will be critical in carrying out Governor Sandoval’s and Lt. Governor Krolicki’s shared vision of using Nevada’s 150th birthday to generate a greater awareness of Nevada’s unique heritage and culture during this year-long celebration, both within and outside of our state’s borders.”

Since leaving the Chamber, Kelley has served as president of The Kelley Company, a Las Vegas based firm specializing in branding, business strategy and organizational development. Kelley is a proven CEO with expertise in business, government relations and non-profit strategy as well as significant marketing and organizational leadership skills.

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Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of native and non-native Nevadans alike. Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration on October 31, 2014.


The Glenn Group is one of the largest independent full service marketing communications firms in Nevada with a blend of fine talent and rich history since 1969. With offices in Las Vegas and Reno, the agency offers a full range of services dedicated to helping clients build their businesses and brands through brand positioning, marketing communications strategy, research, advertising, traditional and online media planning and placement, digital and social marketing, creative services, public relations and website development. Clients from a myriad of industries including gaming/hospitality, development, healthcare, energy, retail and financial services are represented at The Glenn Group.