ATLANTA (DECEMBER 13, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium announced today that Joe Handy is the organization’s new president and chief operating officer. He will continue to lead operations for one of the city’s most visited attractions. Handy was part of Bernie Marcus’ opening team for the Aquarium in 2005, and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2015.
Handy began his career at Georgia Aquarium as director of visitor services. In 2014 he was promoted to senior vice president of guest experience and education, responsible for developing educational programs for guests, and managing guest services staff. His responsibilities also included the Aquarium’s ticketing services, the former AT&T Dolphin Tales show, and behind-the-scenes tours.
“I have confidence in Joe and his ability to continue to lead this world-class organization into the future,” said Georgia Aquarium Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Leven. “He has been with our team for over ten years and is a proven leader that understands our non-profit’s mission and sharing that mission with the millions of guests we see each year.”
Before joining Georgia Aquarium, Handy spent nine years at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and assisted in opening the Rose Center for Earth and Space. He is active in professional organizations, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a committee member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He is actively involved with Atlanta organizations including 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Atlanta Progress Advisory Boards. He also currently serves on the Baker Street Advisory Board where he and other representatives from the Centennial Park District help make critical decisions about the area’s development.
Handy was born and raised in New York, where he graduated, with honors, from the College of New Rochelle with a Liberal Arts degree concentrated in Political Science. While in New York, he served as an appointed representative to a community board in Manhattan and was elected to serve as a delegate in the 2004 Presidential election.
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