Category: President’s Blog

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Break; UConn ScHOLA²RS; Covanta       Dear Friend: Spring Break As I write this I am thinking of our team who are welcoming thousands of guests for the two weeks of Spring break.  I appreciate all of the extra effort that our staff and volunteers extend during this period when we do not have the benefit of summer staff. All of us appreciate the many guests and members who make Mystic Aquarium a... MORE »

Friday, April 7, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation; Kelly Milton; Marine Science Partnership         Dear Friend: On Tuesday evening we celebrated the volunteers of Mystic Aquarium at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.  It is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the 500 people who give their time and talent to the mission and programs of Mystic Aquarium. Staff from various departments produced some very funny video... MORE »

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dr Tracy Romano, A Big Moment, and A Case of the Jitters at Yale Dear Friend, Dr. Tracy Romano We are all thrilled to learn that Dr. Tracy Romano, Vice President of Research and Chief Scientist at Mystic Aquarium is being awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater, Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, at their commencement ceremony in a few weeks. Tracy Romano, PhD Dr. Romano is greatly deserving of this high honor.... MORE »

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 »