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Our Mission

We inspire people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. All that we do at the Aquarium – caring for animals, teaching the public, visiting schools, and building partnerships – is part of our strategy to build and support healthy ecosystems around our Living Planet. Your gift is important and directly supports our animal care, educational programs, and conservation efforts.

Our Team

From the friendly faces selling tickets and the educators on the floor, to the keepers behind the scenes and the creators in the offices, every member of the Aquarium team shares an appreciation for our planet and is dedicated to using their talents to help the Aquarium fulfill our mission. The Aquarium employs over 160 staff members and continues to grow.

Brent Andersen
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Gary Christensen
Chief Financial Officer

Robert Castellano
Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy

Ben Mead
Founder of the Mead Foundation

Board of Directors

Tim Cosgrove
Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office
Community Liason

Vice Chair
Michele DePasquale Hilton
Imagine Health

Jeffrey Flamm
Infinite Mind

Ken Murdock

Past Chair
Jim Loveland
Aces Athletics & Loveland Innovations
Founder & Owner

Terry Grant
Utah Market, AltaBank

Brent Andersen
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium


Blue Sky Solar
Davis Family Foundation
Dell Loy Hansen Family Foundation
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Flamm Family Foundation
Friends of the Aquarium
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
George W. Perkins, Jr.
Jessica & Shawn Olphin
Joseph & Kathleen Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Ken Murdock
Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation
James B. Loveland Memorial Foundation
McCarthey Family Foundation
Rocky Mountain Power
Roto Aire and Gail & Sidney Waite
Sam & Aline W. Skaggs Foundation
Schmidtke Family
Sorenson Legacy Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Union Pacific Foundation
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Utah State Office of Education
Wheeler Foundation
Williams Companies
Tomilee Tilley Family Fund


Central Utah Water Conservancy District
James B. Loveland Memorial Foundation
Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks
State of Utah
George W. Perkins, Jr.
Katherine & Ezekiel Dumke, Jr. Foundation
The Boyer Company
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Larry H. and Gail Miller Foundation
Mountain America Credit Union
Salt Lake Community College
Utah Division of Water Resources
Arthur & Gail Benjamin Foundation
The Clark Foundation
D. Forrest & Gerda M. Greene Foundation
Richard S. Prows
Rocky Mountain Power
The Walbridge Fund
White Family Trust
Impact Research
KSTU Fox 13 Television
Layton Construction
Morgan Stanley
Neptune Divers
RBM Services
RotoAire Filters
Wheeler Foundation
Zions Bank
Kent and Pam England
American Express
Andrew Powell
Billy Hensler
Brent V. Andersen
Child Family Foundation
Citadel Broadcasting
Clear Channel Communications
Delta Air Lines
goBE Realty
Harmons Grocery
Interior Solutions
KSL Television
The Nature Conservancy of Utah
Anonymous (Palladium Foundation)
Richter 7
Sandy City
Sydney Vie
Smith Food & Drug
Stonehaven Dental
Snell & Wilmer
Swire Coca-Cola
Tanner LLC
Utah Office of Museum Services
Webb Audio Visual
Wells Fargo Bank
Young Electric Sign Company
Aspen Press
Chris Barela
Bourne-Spafford Foundation
B R E Properties
The Silver Cricket
Conely Company
Corporate Edge Printing & Marketing
Brad Daniels
Discover Financial Services

Fat Pipe
First American Title of Utah
Flamm Family Foundation
Trace Gordon
Harrington Industrial Plastics
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Lance Kocherhans & Jared Jeppson
Lakeview Hospital
Christopher Layton
Jim and Laurie Loveland
Ken Murdock
Rebecca Ann Johnson
Kayla Hyde Keller
Aryeh Robinson
Randy OlsenTyler & Michelle Perry
Rhina International
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
Stephen S. Schulkens
Simmons Media
Sean Smith, Uinta Golf
Pi Foundation
Jan Stumacher
Troy & Jean Takach
Thanksgiving Point, LLC
Utah Travel Council
David Wiener Ventures 
AgelCares Foundation
Art Andersen
Scott Anderson
Ashton Family Foundation
Robert Bennett
Bird & Exotic Pet Hospital
Bradley Sterling Scott
Century Link Foundation
Crawford Family Foundation
Dixon Security Cameras
Douglas Morton
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Sterling & Shelli Gardner Family Foundation
Val A. Green & Edith D. Green Foundation
Hometown Values
InVision Eye Health
James Carroll & Associates
Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough
Kimball Office Group
Phyllis Kleinschnitz
KTVX Television
KUTV Television
Leavitt Group
McCarthey Family Foundation
Media One
MHTN Architects
Nash & Associates
Oakleigh L. Thorne Foundation
Park City Jewelers
Richard & Jill Pope
Peak Alarm
Performance Audio
Press Media
Project Learning TreePrudential Financial
PSC Development
R.C. Willey Home Furnishings
Stevenson Smith CPA, LLC
Joey Spafford
Paul St. Pierre Foundation
Sunrise Engineering
Sysco Intermountain
Paul Taggart

Gail L. Waite
Whittington Family
1-800 Contacts
Accent Surfaces
Alpha Graphics
Arizona Tile
Bamberger-Allen Foundation
Brett Partridge Family
CCG Howells
Composite Coatings, LLC
Copperview Medical Center
CounterPoint Studios
James Cross
Days of ’47, Inc.
European Marble & Granite
Ferguson Supply
Rhett & Katrina Fornoff
Franklin Templeton
Martin (Sonny) Hollingsworth
IKON Office Solutions
IT Now
Katrina Larson
W.C. Klintworth
Lundquist Sales
Jay Magure
Mandalay Bay Aquarium
Media OneTracy Mendenhall
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Montgomery Watson Americas
Morton Salt
Charles Maxfield & Gloria F. Parrish Foundation
Quality Acoustics
Soren & Heather Simonsen
Steinhart Aquarium
Stephen Moody Studios
Sandy Stewart
Stone Touch
The Bryne Foundation
Tom Taylor
Wasatch Concrete Cutting
George Armstrong
Bank of the West
Caleb & Betsey Richardson Foundation
Charles & Elizabeth Beck
Seward & Natalie Benjamin
Willis Boyd
Patrick Bryne
Chris & Dicks
John & Rose Craven
Dako Corporation
Robert J. DeBry
Defender Direct
Dive Addicts
Division of Wildlife Resources
Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
Steve Drott
Elements Day Spa
Empowered Wealth Foundation
First Utah Bank
Geneva Rock
Goldman Sachs & Co.
H & E Rentals
The Marion D. & Maxine C. Hanks Foundation
Heinz Family Charitable Fund
Richard H. & Joann O. Keller Family Foundation
Lewis Brothers Stages
Little America Hotel

Marine Products
Smokey Meehan
Mike Hatch Tile & Stone
Mike Mower
Miller Paving
Mountain Express Magazine
Kristin Murdock
Noorda Family Trust
Ortho Development
Raymond Peterson
In Memory of LaVaughn & Kathryn Robison
Ron Hartford Painting & Construction
Ryan Herco Flow Solutions
Savage Scaffold
Jana Rae Shaw
Shaw & Co., P.C.
Sierra Electric
Dale Smith
Sundance Resort
Ann Stanger
Stewart Charitable Foundation
Texas Roadhouse
Scott & Betsy Thornton Family Foundation
Timbercreek Doors
Trajectory Ticketing
Kenneth R. Troester
Utah Business Magazine
Vision International
Waste Management
Sidney Waite
Western Nut Company
Harold & Joan Wolf
Evan Whitaker
Becker Media
Blooming Enterprises
Blythe Lee
Career College Association
Gary Christensen
Cuisine Unlimited
Fairy Tales
FM 100
Fila Golf
Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel
Robert & Joyce Graham
Douglas & Irene Grossman
Reed Harris
Jennifer Kesteloot
Liberty Mutual
Brenda Lyon
Mobile Logic Media
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Oasis Stage Werks
Packaging Corporation of America
Pamela Parsons
Phase II Construction
Pleasant Grove Marine Center
Razoo Foundation
Ben Saturen
Elizabeth Seng
Suzanne Smith
Sunrise Press
David C. Taylor
Eva Marie Bellevue Thomas
Trout Unlimited (Utah Council)
United Airlines
Walmart Foundation
Washington Mutual
Tim & Tina Weidauer
Wisdom In Numbers
David Young

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