Aquarium Appoints New President

September 08, 2010

Fred Postlewait, Chair of the Oregon Coast Aquarium board of directors, announced today that Carrie Lewis of Newport, Oregon has assumed the duties of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aquarium, replacing Gary Gamer, who is rejoining his family in Eugene. 

“Working at the Aquarium has been an incredible experience. Leading the staff has been an honor. They and the legion of volunteers working alongside them are very committed to the well-being of our ocean and the life within it. I’m confident the Oregon Coast Aquarium will remain a great place to visit in Pacific Northwest,” said Gamer.

Lewis served as Interim President of the Aquarium from February, 2009 until September, 2009 and is a longtime member of the Aquarium staff, most recently serving as Director of Marketing. She first joined the Oregon Coast Aquarium as Events and Sales Manager in September, 1995. Her success in this department led to her promotion as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2004, which includes public relations, admissions and graphic design departments.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has received accolades for being among the top Aquariums in the United States including top ten ratings by USA Today, Coastal Living, Parents Magazine and Forbes Traveler. The Aquarium has received numerous national awards for its marketing campaigns and continues to make national news for its accomplishments.

The Aquarium also announced that it has experienced a six percent (6%) drop in attendance, resulting from the current recession-driven reduction in tourism. Although approximately 460,000 visitors will be welcomed in the current fiscal year, the Aquarium is taking steps to adjust to lower attendance numbers by accelerating its seasonal staff reduction, not filling certain open positions and making a small reduction of staff. The Aquarium will maintain its normal hours and continue to offer all current exhibit and educational programs.