Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo announces the appointment of Keith Baulsir, former corporate partnerships development manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as its new Director of Corporate Relations and Partnerships. Baulsir brings with him years of experience in marketing partnerships and valuable knowledge of the local corporate landscape. He plans to expand the zoo’s relationships with corporate partners by diversifying opportunities for organizations to get involved in compelling zoo programs that work to strengthen the relationship between people and the natural world.
Baulsir has a primarily sports-industry background, most recently working for Tampa’s NFL team for nearly three years and the Major League Soccer team, D.C. United, for two and a half years before that. His career goals shifted after moving to Tampa and getting involved in a volunteer program with Big Brothers, Big Sisters – a youth-mentoring organization.
Through his work with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, he gained an appreciation for the impacts made by nonprofits to the world around them. He also learned of the impacts being made on behalf of animal conservation by Lowry Park Zoo, through a number of recreational visits he made after becoming a Tampa resident. By joining Lowry Park Zoo’s team, he sees an opportunity to merge his skill set with his desire to make a difference.
“It’s a big jump – leaving my comfort zone in the sports industry, but I am thrilled to join Lowry Park Zoo and work on behalf of such a benevolent cause,” said Baulsir. “The Zoo does amazing work – from breeding endangered African elephants and other animals, to spending $1MM per year on manatee rehabilitation and release, to educating 70,000 school-aged children annually in the Bay Area. I’ll be generating support and revenue from the corporate community so the zoo can continue to focus on what it does best: helping guests connect with and protect the natural world.”
Alongside being motivated by the zoo’s conservation and animal protection efforts, Baulsir said he also noticed the many exciting changes happening at the zoo, lead by the facility’s new Chief Executive Officer Joe Couceiro. He believes new leadership is helping the zoo move in an upward direction and that “the sky’s the limit” in terms of developing creative zoo programs that move the needle.
“We do our best work at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo when we work together with the community,” said Couceiro. “Keith brings the right tools and energy to help us connect with local partners to make an impact on behalf of the animals both in our care and outside our doors. We welcome him to the team and look forward to the new insight and ideas he will bring to the table.”
Baulsir was recently recognized by The Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of their “Up & Comers” of 2015 – a group of rising stars under the age of 30 in the Tampa business community. He graduated with honors from James Madison University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreational Management.