President and Chief Executive Officer
Roger Germann is the President & CEO of The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. He brings a strong history of leadership experience with 30+ years of experience in the private and public sector; Roger is widely recognized as one of the zoological community’s top leaders and strategists. Since joining The Florida Aquarium in June 2017, he is actively elevating the organization with several high-profile recognitions.
Under his leadership, some of the most recent successes and accolades include being recognized by USA Today as one of North America’s Top 2 Aquariums; opening several world-class exhibits and expanding learning programs; increasing revenue and philanthropic support; and transforming the non-profit organization into a conservation-focused Aquarium – highlighted by the opening of a $4M sea turtle rehabilitation center and becoming the first organization to successfully reproduce Atlantic pillar coral in human care.
Prior to The Florida Aquarium, Roger earned his strong business and conservation leadership reputation serving as Executive Vice President for more than 16 years at the world-renowned John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He began his career in television and worked in the public sector for the State of Illinois.
Roger is active in leadership roles on several local and national committees and non-profit boards. He serves on the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s national Board and is the first leader from the Aquarium to serve in this role. In 2019, Roger was appointed by Governor DeSantis to the Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and served a three-year term. He currently serves on the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, Visit Tampa Bay, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. He has served in several national leadership positions, including a White House appointed member of the Great Lakes Advisory Board.
Beyond his work at The Florida Aquarium, Roger is heavily involved in the community. He dedicates his time in support of his children’s school, youth baseball, and community theater, along with mentoring students from underserved areas.
Roger and his family reside in South Tampa.