President and Chief Executive Officer
Roger Germann is the president and chief executive officer of The Florida Aquarium located in Tampa, FL. With nearly 30 years of leadership 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 has worked to elevate the organization to the highest of standards in animal care and welfare, human resources, education and conservation. Today, The Florida Aquarium is considered among the gold standard in the accredited zoo and aquarium community.
Growth in the organization has been key to Roger’s success, from expanding the guest experience with new world-class animal habitats and exhibits to increasing attendance and revenue. National sponsorships and philanthropic support has increased substantially to strengthen the aquarium’s critical conservation and education priorities.
Roger has transformed The Florida Aquarium into a conservation-based aquarium, highlighted by the opening of the aquarium’s $4-million Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center. Greater investments in coral research have led to several major breakthroughs, including being the first in the world to reproduce Atlantic pillar coral and ridged cactus coral in human care.
Under Roger’s leadership, The Florida Aquarium was the first public aquarium in North America and the largest cultural attraction in Florida to successfully reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. It launched a nationally recognized program with Tampa General Hospital and University of South Florida Health’s epidemiologists to safeguard guests and staff.
Prior to joining The Florida Aquarium, Roger served as executive vice president for more than 16 years at the renowned John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, where he earned his business and conservation leadership reputation. As a recognized strategic leader, Roger has worked locally, nationally and internationally to promote best business practices. He was instrumental in establishing a global campaign to save wildlife from extinction and launching the nation’s first public aquarium conservation advocacy program. Before relocating to Tampa Bay, he worked closely with Chicago’s museum presidents and executives to lead business, education and conservation initiatives.
A winner of the prestigious PRSA Silver Anvil Award, Roger began his career in media. He has worked in the public and private sector, started his career in communications as a freelance writer and producer for ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV).
Roger is active in leadership roles on several local and national committees and nonprofit boards. He was appointed by the White House to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Advisory Board and was appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). Most recently, he was nominated to serve on the board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Locally, Roger is a leading voice for Tampa’s cultural attractions, serving on the boards of Visit Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Roger’s commitment to the community is evident, having been named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Power 100 for the past two years as well as serving on the Super Bowl LV Host Committee in 2021. He is also active in supporting local community organizations and causes, including mentoring students from underserved areas throughout Tampa Bay.
Roger earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He and his wife, Laura, and their two children reside in South Tampa.