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Roger Germann currently serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. With more than 25 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 is actively elevating the organization with several high-profile recognitions.
Some of the most recent successes and accolades include being recognized from USA Today as one of North America’s Top 2 Aquariums, growing operations by opening several world-class exhibits, including Moon Bay and the Aquarium’s second largest exhibit, Heart of the Sea, and increasing revenue and philanthropic support of the Aquarium’s critical conservation and education mission.
Prior to joining The Florida Aquarium, Roger served as Executive Vice President for more than 16 years at the world-renowned John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago where he earned his business and conservation leadership reputation. From becoming one of the nation’s most successful and impact-driven organizations, to establishing a globally recognized brand, the Shedd Aquarium’s business operations and conservation impact thrived during his tenure.
As a recognized strategic leader, Roger has worked locally, nationally, and internationally with a variety of zoological and government organizations to promote best business practices. He was instrumental in establishing several national initiatives – from working with zoo and aquarium CEOs to create the Association of Zoos & Aquariums global campaign to save species, to launching the nation’s first comprehensive aquarium conservation advocacy program. Before relocating to Tampa Bay, he worked closely with Chicago’s museum presidents and executives to lead efforts promoting Chicago’s cultural interests with City Hall, the State of Illinois, U.S. Congress and the White House.
A winner of the prestigious PRSA Silver Anvil Award, Roger began his career in media and has earned media placements on top-rated shows like Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Geographic, Animal Planet, ESPN, and the BBC among others.
Roger served as press secretary to the Illinois State Treasurer, worked for a boutique public relations agency, and is the former deputy press secretary for Illinois’ state legislature. Previously, he worked as a freelance producer for the T.V. show America’s Funniest People and started his career in communications as a freelance writer and producer for ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV).
Mr. Germann is active in leadership roles on several local and national committees and non-profit boards. He was appointed by the White House to serve on the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board and served on Florida Governor DeSantis' Transition Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
He is very active in supporting several local community projects, including Real Men Wear Pink, Joy of Giving, and Tampa’s Pig Jig BBQ fundraiser. He dedicates time in support of Mitchell Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Tampa Bay YMCA, along with mentoring students from underserved areas.
Roger earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Roger and his wife, Laura, and their two children reside in South Tampa.