Category: President’s Blog

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dear Friend: On Wednesday evening I was privileged to address the Foreign Relations Committee of Providence on the economics of the oceans. I mentioned that no passport is needed to cross the border into Connecticut! During the talk I explained that there are six sectors to the national and regional ocean economy: • Tourism • Construction • Transportation • Energy • Fishing and Living Resources • Ship Building A recent... MORE »

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dear Friend: Congratulations to Vice Chairman of the Board, Tom Mosey, who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro this week. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Board Vice Chair Tom Mosey always has Mystic Aquarium in mind. We can safely say that Mystic Aquarium is reaching new heights! Also this week we had the first seal release of 2017. This seal was named Trey Flowers in honor of the New England Patriots... MORE »

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Friend: This past week we held a "Town Meeting" and discussed three areas of organizational focus for 2017; (a) our 2017 operational goals (b) the Integrated Facilities Plan, and (c) ongoing efforts to promote diversity within our community, reflective of the larger population that we serve. Our goals for 2017 as approved by the Board of Trustees are: Increase attendance, membership and related revenue by 2% over budget... MORE »

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2016 Dear Friend: Around this time of year I feel a bit like the operator of a pizza shop with the sign in the window, “You’ve tried the rest, now try the best.” The Day newspaper has just announced that Mystic Aquarium has been nominated for 2017 Best Area Attraction.  We are very proud of this nomination and also very proud to announce that our own catering company, Ocean Blue Catering, has been nominated for 2017... MORE »

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dear Friend: The other day brought a serious ethical dilemma. One of my sons plays on a basketball team within the Stonington Community Center, affectionately known as “The COMO”. Mystic Aquarium is very supportive of COMO as an important community resource. They do so much good work beyond sports, including after school youth programs and many charitable endeavors. So apparently The COMO named a basketball team in honor of... MORE »

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dear Friend, This past week, I was honored to be at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Directors’ Policy Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. The conference was hosted by Texas State Aquarium, which is completing a $50 million expansion that will add 65,000 square feet of new exhibit space. CAD Rendering of Texas State Aquarium Expansion The new addition is set to open in May. It will be quite beautiful and I want to congratulate... MORE »

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 »