Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Congratulations to the Aquarium’s Walter Flaherty

Walter J. Flaherty, executive vice president,
COO & CFO, New England Aquarium (BBJ)
The Aquarium is proud to announce that the formidable achievements of our Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Walter Flaherty have been recognized by the Boston Business Journal. Last week, Walter was awarded the Journal’s CFO of the Year Award in the non-profit category. Walter was co-winner of this award along with Ann C. Tikannen of the YMCA of Greater Boston Inc. The article announcing the award lists some recent achievements the Aquarium owes to Walter’s steady leadership.

"Over the last four years, Flaherty has presided over $20 million of capital improvements, including the new $10 million New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, opened in 2009. In 2010, it opened a new $5 million Animal Care Center in Quincy, and in April 2011, opened the new $2 million Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank in the west wing of the aquarium. About 1.3 million people visit the aquarium each year."

In addition to listing Walter’s successful financial management of the Aquarium, the article also touches on one of his newfound hobbies since Walter joined the Aquarium’s leadership team nine years ago—scuba diving. Not only does Walter don scuba gear and regularly enter the Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank. He has also joined Aquarium dive expeditions to the Bahamas and Belize.

See expedition posts from the Bahamas here.

And read his reports from a research expedition to Belize here.

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