Raymond B. King voted Atlanta's most admired nonprofit CEO
Friday, August 22, 2014
Raymond B. King, President and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, has been voted Atlanta’s Most Admired Nonprofit CEO. The award was announced at a breakfast hosted by the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 22, 2014.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle issued a call for nominations in May, and public voting began in June in 11 categories of chief executives throughout Georgia. King was one of five executives nominated in the nonprofit category, and nominees were evaluated based on their record of innovation, company financial performance, commitment to quality, strength of vision, commitment to diversity and contributions to the state of Georgia.
King has served as the Zoo’s President and CEO since 2010. Zoo attendance has grown by 30 percent during his tenure, which has also included the single largest fundraising effort in Zoo Atlanta history. The $23 million capital campaign was launched to fund Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, opening in spring 2015. Under King’s leadership, Zoo Atlanta will soon undertake a second large-scale campaign for the revitalization and re-imagination of the 1920s-era Atlanta Cyclorama building, which was conferred to the Zoo’s stewardship in July 2014. These projects will have a combined impact of a 20-percent growth in the Zoo’s public footprint.