Jim Robinett

Former Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Communications at Shedd Aquarium Society

Jim Robinett

Jim Robinett

Former Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Communications at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Jim Robinett's multiphased career at Shedd Aquarium began in 1977. His earliest responsibilities involved care of the animal collection through leadership positions in the Fishes department, the laboratory and the Marine Mammals department. From 1997 to 2001 Robinett served as the vice president of animal collections, overseeing the care of more than 1,500 aquatic species that are the foundation of Shedd's public dislay, education and conservation research programs. From 2001 to the present Robinett has served in animal-related legislation and regulation, acting as a liaison to governmental entities as well as non-governmental organizations.The variety of work associated with aquarium projects has been one of Robinett’s greatest sources of satisfaction. He has been involved with the design, construction and operation of several large-scale exhibits, has served as a cooperating scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, assisted with the sea otter rescue and rehabilitation efforts and has led several animal acquisition trips for the aquarium. In the process he has enjoyed worldwide travel from Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Chile and the Falkland Islands as well as to Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands,the British Isles and locations throughout North America.He has also served as consultant, lecturer and writer to several professional organizations, universities and to the aquarium’s educational programs.Robinett is active in several professional associations, both national and international in their representation, and has served as an organizational officer or as a member of several committees. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University.

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Senior Vice President, Conservation Partnerships & Programs at Shedd Aquarium Society

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, Inc.

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Vice President, Environmental Quality at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Faculty Member at Western Illinois University

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Senior Vice President, Marketing, Guest Experience & Sales at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Former Executive Vice President of Animals at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Former Vice President, Great Lakes & Sustainability at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Senior Director of Exhibits & Experience Development at Shedd Aquarium Society

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Chief Marketing & Experience Officer at Navy Pier, Inc.

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Jim Robinett
Former Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Communications at Shedd Aquarium Society
Education
MS in Biology
Class of 1977

Chartered in 1895, Northern Illinois University first opened its doors in 1899 as the Northern Illinois State Normal School solely to prepare college-educated teachers. The university has since grown into a world-class university that attracts students from around the globe while still serving the northern Illinois region. We remain deeply committed to preparing teachers and providing an excellent and affordable higher education to Illinois families.

Career History
Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Communications
1977 - 2018

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The aquarium has 2 million annual visitors; it was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004.

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