McNicholas to be honored at Red Meat Club

Dec 17, 2010
by WLJ

National Western Stock Show (NWSS) will honor Kevin McNicholas at the 2011 Red Meat Club Dinner Jan 13, 2011.

McNicholas, who is in his 40th year as concessionaire for NWSS, also runs the food and retail concessions for 32 zoos, aquariums, and museums across the country, including the Denver Zoo. McNicholas began his career in concessions in 1954 as a high school student running a popcorn stand at the Chicago Bears Stadium. By 1960, the inaugural year for the Denver Broncos, he was in charge of the vendors for both the east stands and the wellknown south stands.

In 1971, he entered into a “handshake” agreement with then-coach and general manager of the Broncos Lou Saban to provide the press box catering and retail souvenirs at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. This led to a concession agreement with the National Western Complex in 1972.

With his fine reputation now preceding him, Mc- Nicholas took over the concessions and retail for the Denver Zoo in 1973.

Since then, he has run the concessions at McNichols Sports Arena, Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum, and the press box catering for Colorado University football games. At the National Western, K-M Concessions runs a cafeteria, at least 20 concession units, a private club and the Bar & Grill steakhouse.

McNicholas also donates catering services to many schools and parishes. He and his wife, Mary, also run fundraisers for the Rocky Mountain MS Society, the Fine Arts Foundation, as well as many others, and have hosted many, many other charitable functions in their home.

Add to this astonishing list his awards and achievements, including the American Ireland Humanitarian Award (along with Sen. George Mitchell), his induction into the Colorado Restaurant Association’s “Hall of Fame,” recognition by the Anti-Defamation League, and the Denver University Business Ethics Award, and you start to get the impression Mc-

Nicholas is about giving back to the community.

McNicholas’ companies typically hire about 4,000 employees during peak season. He has financially helped several employees and others in attending college. He credits his par ents with instilling his belief in giving back to the community. “Even though my parents had little, they taught us to give back.” His motto is “to whom much has been given, much is expected.” — WLJ