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Florida Aquarium CEO appointed to Southwest Florida Water Management District

Roger Germann is a longtime aquarium executive with national leadership experience.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a Tampa Bay area executive to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Tuesday.

Roger Germann is President and CEO of the Florida Aquarium in the downtown Tampa Channel District.

Before leading the Aquarium, Germann served more than 16 years at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He has taken a leadership role in establishing numerous national initiatives including working with zoo and aquarium heads nationwide to create the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ global campaign, which works to save species. He also helped launch the nation’s first comprehensive aquarium conservation advocacy program.

DeSantis also reappointed Kelly Rice to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Rice is the President of Rice Cattle Company and owns Prime Property Resources. He also currently serves as the state director for the Florida Farm Bureau and previously served as President of the Sumter County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

Both are appointed to four-year terms. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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