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Raymond B. King voted Most Admired Nonprofit CEO for third year in a row
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, has been voted Atlanta’s Most Admired Nonprofit CEO for the third year in a row. The honor was announced during an awards breakfast hosted by the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 25, 2016. 

Following a city-wide call for nominations from the Atlanta Business Chronicle in May, King was one of 50 chief executives to earn the qualifying number of nominations to progress into the public voting round, which began on June 10 and concluded on June 24. Nominees were evaluated based on leadership, outstanding company financial performance, vision, commitment to quality, commitment to diversity in the workplace and contributions to the metro Atlanta community. 

King has served as the Zoo’s President and CEO since 2010. During his tenure, he has led Zoo Atlanta in raising $64 million in philanthropic support – more than was raised cumulatively by the organization over the previous 25 years. This includes more than $42 million raised for the Zoo’s “Grand New View: Elephants, Events and Expansion” campaign, which was successfully completed in June 2016, ahead of schedule and ahead of expectations, against an original fundraising goal of $38.1 million. The campaign launched with a $20 million matching grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in late 2014. 

Additional highlights of King’s leadership include a 36-percent increase in Zoo attendance, with consecutive five-year growth from 675,000 guests to 920,000 guests, and the successful $18 million campaign to build the award-winning Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, which opened in 2015. In addition to being voted Atlanta’s Most Admired Nonprofit CEO in 2014, 2015 and now 2016, King was named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2015.