Kevin Triplett was appointed in April, 2015 to the cabinet of Governor Bill Haslam as commissioner of Tourist Development. Prior to joining Gov. Haslam’s team, Triplett served Bristol Motor Speedway as vice-president of public affairs, overseeing government and community relations, special initiatives such as tourism and community relationships, and development.
Before joining BMS in January 2005, Triplett worked for NASCAR, the sport’s sanctioning body from March 1994 until June 2003, beginning in the public relations department, overseeing several of NASCAR’s 50th Anniversary projects. He ended his tenure with NASCAR as managing director of business operations. In that position he directed operation and administration aspects of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series.
He left NASCAR in 2003 and ran for the U.S. Congressional seat in Virginia’s Ninth District.
Prior to his NASCAR tenure, the East Tennessee State University graduate covered motorsports and other sports for the Bristol Herald-Courier and Gaston Gazette in North Carolina.
From 1992 until 1994, Triplett represented General Motors Parts (GM Goodwrench and AC Delco) in NASCAR, specifically Richard Childress Racing and Ken Schrader Racing, and their drivers, including Dale Earnhardt.
Triplett is married to the former Jill Mumpower of Bristol, Va. They have two children - Lucas William and Sarah Grace.