Atlanta (May 18, 2010) –
David Kimmel, who joined benefactor Bernie Marcus’ team three years before the Georgia Aquarium opened, and led the consortium that designed, created, built and staffed it, has just been named its president. The Georgia Aquarium Board of Directors announced his selection after Anthony Godfrey resigned for personal reasons.
“David was there from the first day, part of the first team I officially engaged to bring the vision of the Georgia Aquarium to reality,” said Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot and CEO & benefactor of Georgia Aquarium.
“He has an intricate knowledge of the Aquarium; he knows how to lead an organization; he will take excellent care of the guests and the animals, and he has the ability to look to the future as the Aquarium continues to grow and change. With David Kimmel taking the helm, the Aquarium moves right along, without missing a beat,” Marcus added.
Kimmel, 55, most recently served as VP, Director of Program Management for Heery International, a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management and program management firm. Heery was the project management company retained by the Aquarium under the leadership of Kimmel, to develop the specifications and contracts for all firms associated with the project and to oversee all phases of construction. Kimmel and Heery were engaged again in 2007 to be the Program Manager/Owner’s Representative for the dolphin expansion, scheduled to open November 2010.
He and his wife Lorraine have one daughter.
“It is an honor I accept with enthusiasm and commitment, knowing what the gift of the Aquarium means to Bernie Marcus and his family and to the millions of visitors who have experienced it,” Kimmel said. “I have lived and loved the Georgia Aquarium every minute and every day that I have been a part of it, and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that I will face. In the 44 months it took to develop the Aquarium, I lived and breathed it – my involvement went beyond the bricks and mortar of the facility.
“The Aquarium has a solid leadership team, people I have worked with on a day-to-day basis for more than eight years. Going into the office every day will be like ‘going home.’ My goal is to keep the Georgia Aquarium exciting for our guests,” Kimmel added. “My biggest challenge will be keeping up with Bernie. The man never stops thinking of incredible ideas for the Aquarium.”
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The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.