A Las Vegas native, Alissa Kelly knows a thing or two about hard work, dedication, and just doing what comes naturally. After years in positions most people retire from at state government and utility outlets, Alissa left her comfortable, secure world for the craziness of the entertainment industry in the land of public relations.
Alissa began her career with PR Plus as an office manager, as she knew it would get her foot in the door and allow her an opportunity to learn the inner workings of the company. Her dedication and ambition led to quick upward movement at PR Plus.
Shortly after joining the company, an account executive position opened, and Alissa began to take on a dual role—running the office and managing accounts. Those accounts included the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Gladys Knight, and Billion Dollar Babes. Public relations came very naturally to her, and she quickly learned the ins and outs of the business while building great relationships with local and national media.
While working full-time at PR Plus, Alissa found time to take night and weekend classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received a BSBA with an emphasis in marketing. Although she valued her college education, Alissa found her real-life work experience outweighed the classroom education, and she happily worked full-time while attending classes for nearly nine years. She earned her degree in 2004 with experience exceeding far beyond others in her class, already in a position that most of her classmates would need years of experience to acquire.
Her Time Away
Alissa Kelly left PR Plus to pursue an in-house position at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as marketing manager, broadening her ability to manage public relations through the client side of the industry. She worked alongside other PR agencies to garner coverage locally and nationally, while planning and overseeing special events, productions, filmings, and advertising. During this time, Alissa worked with numerous clients including The World Music Awards, Travis Barker, Nicky Hilton, The O.C., MTV, VH1, FUSE, and countless others.
Alissa returned to PR Plus in January 2006 as a partner in the agency and is now in the role of Chief Executive Officer. After working all areas of marketing for both client and agency sides of the business, she has been instrumental in using her knowledge to bring a fresh business and entrepreneurial spirit to the company.
With a love of music, charity and food, Alissa has found a way to incorporates those passions into her work at PR Plus. She’s expressed this, working with clients like Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, House of Blues Las Vegas, JDRF, Shake Shack, Terry Fator, Buddy V’s Ristorante and many others.
Her Personal Life
When she is not working, Alissa enjoys listening to music, working out and spending time with her husband of nearly 20 years, Kevin, and their dog, Brooklyn.
In 2018, Alissa created the 10 Month Project, which officially launched outside of PR Plus in 2020. A movement to get small businesses to donate time in the months of January – October where a need exists. More information can be found at www.10monthproject.com.