Category: President’s Blog

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dear Friend: Today's blog calls attention to two critical industry factors. WHY THE STATE MUST INVEST IN TOURISM MARKETING Over the past several years I have had the privilege of serving on the State of Connecticut Tourism Advisory Council. The Council reviews state spending on tourism, assists with strategy for the state marketing campaign, and reviews the impact of marketing on the tourism industry each year. Governor Dannel Malloy... MORE »

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dear Friend: Happy New Year! I want to celebrate some of Mystic Aquarium's milestone achievements during the past year: Our attendance increased 9 percent over 2015 to nearly 720,000 visitors, including a 16 percent increase from local markets, Providence, Hartford and New London. We raised $8.1 million for capital projects and mission programs, including completion of fund raising for the Milne Conservation and Research Center.... MORE »

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dear Friend: Cheryl Miller Photos Recognized by Association of Zoos and Aquariums A few years ago I asked long time member of our team, Cheryl Miller, to assist me temporarily as manager of the President’s Office. Cheryl’s passions are, respectively, animals, photography and working in marketing. It was a hard sell, but I asked her to take on the role of Director of Operations for the President’s Office permanently and she agreed... MORE »

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dear Friend: AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION I am pleased to announce that Mystic Aquarium has been certified by the American Humane Association under a new program that evaluates the health and welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. The inspection and audit for the certification took place last week and we were informed yesterday. Two years ago Mystic Aquarium joined a consortium of aquariums and asked the American... MORE »

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dear Friend: RESOLUTION Mystic Aquarium has been rehabilitating a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Resolution, which stranded due to cold stunning on Dec 31, 2015. The turtle also had a beak injury that required healing. Resolution will be flying South tomorrow to complete its rehabilitation at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. This is the facility that rescued and rehabilitated our very own green sea turtle Charlotte prior to her placement... MORE »

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dear Friend; On Monday I was in Baltimore to participate in the Board of Directors meeting of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Mystic Aquarium The meeting highlighted the success of a new program developed by the Foundation and Mystic Aquarium this past year. The program, called “Quickball Math”, is the first in a series of conservation oriented science, technology and math initiatives geared towards the... MORE »

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dear Friend: On Wednesday evening we had occasion to thank some of our donors who have made 2016 one of the most successful fund raising years in the history of Mystic Aquarium. By year end we anticipate that we will have raised $7.9 million for mission programs, exhibits, and capital projects. Highlights include a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for expansion of our national youth conservation and mentoring program, and... MORE »

Friday, November 18, 2016

Dear Friend, On Monday, Director of Education & Conservation, MaryEllen Mateleska attended the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund award ceremony, where she accepted two grant awards on behalf of Mystic Aquarium. Totaling over $34,000 these grants will provide for significant conservation and public engagement efforts focused on the water quality of Long Island Sound. Congratulations to MaryEllen... MORE »

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dear Friend: Last Friday evening we celebrated the opening of The John A. and Jane T. Wiederhold Foundation Veterinary and Animal Health Center. This facility has already been put to the test this week with our team performing minor surgery on an injured frog. During the opening celebration, Larry Rivarde, Senior Vice President for Zoological Operations and Dr. Allison Tuttle, Vice President of Biological Programs, showcased the new surgical... MORE »

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Dear Friend, This past week we had meetings of various committees of the Board of Trustees in preparation for the full Board meeting on Saturday. On Tuesday I was pleased to attend an event honoring Lisa Konicki, President of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce. I attended with Kurt Harrington, who is our newest President's Councilor and President’s Councilor Tom Liguori. We deeply value our membership in the Chamber and our assistance... MORE »