I learned late yesterday of the passing of Thom Stork, President & CEO of the Florida Aquarium. Thom fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, all the while continuing to successfully lead the Florida Aquarium. Thom was a valued colleague of mine during our respective tenures with Anheuser-Busch, where he served as VP of Marketing at Busch Gardens Tampa for many years, before taking on a similar role at SeaWorld of Florida. Thom's greatest strength was his impressive community relations proficiency, as well as his capacity to bring a genuine passion to work every day. He brought those skills to the Florida Aquarium 14 years ago where he stabilized, reenergized, and led that institution toward new horizons. Thom loved to mentor and guide his staff, and he did so all the way until just days before he passed.
I have many fond memories of Thom Stork and I will miss him. Please join me in celebrating Thom's life, as well as his career and achievements. Our best wishes, prayers and thoughts are with Thom's wife Donna, his family, and his staff.
Joseph A. Couceiro
President & CEO