Tim Morrow

Tim Morrow

Tim Morrow

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Show Date: July 24th, 2019

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Tim Morrow
President and CEO
San Antonio Zoo

Tim Morrow intended to be an FBI agent. But now, he’s CEO of San Antonio Zoo and the instigator of its visionary master plan,

Tim is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as San Antonio College.

Tim had a 24-year career in the theme park industry which included the opening of several parks, including Fiesta Texas in San Antonio; Parque Plaza Sésamo in Monterrey, Mexico; Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida; and most recently, Aquatica Waterpark in San Antonio, Texas Entertainment.

He began his SeaWorld career in San Antonio overseeing operations of the Lost Lagoon Waterpark, park shows, and Budweiser Clydesdale Stables. In 1999, Tim helped lead the opening of Discovery Cove, a dolphin swim park featuring tropical reefs and interactive animal habitats. Following Discovery Cove’s successful launch, Tim returned to SeaWorld San Antonio as the Operations Director, overseeing several areas of the park including rides, waterpark, park quality, front gate, events, landscape, Anheuser-Busch Properties, and warehousing. He also became a pioneer in the company by deploying best practices in social media, public relations, and mobile applications.

In 2011, Tim was promoted to Vice President of Aquatica Waterpark, for which he was responsible for the design and construction. When the attraction opened in 2012, it became SeaWorld San Antonio’s largest-ever capital project. Within Aquatica Tim oversaw all aspects of Operations, Merchandise, Culinary, and Animal Care. When Tim was not at SeaWorld, he was often found working courtside with the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Stats Crew

Tim Morrow currently serves as the President & CEO of San Antonio Zoological Society, which operates San Antonio Zoo, Will Smith Zoo School, the Center for Conservation and Research, and Kiddie Park. Tim leads a team of nine vice presidents who together oversee more than 650 employees, 600 volunteers, and care for hundreds of animal species, some of which are threatened, endangered, or extinct in the wild. Tim’s vision to take San Antonio Zoo to new heights began with investing nearly $30 million dollars since his arrival at the zoo. More than 150 animal habitats have been improved over that time, several improvements being large scale renovations including a new savanna for giraffes, expanding and improving the elephant habitat, and redesigning and expanding both the African lion and rhino habitats. In January 2018, the zoo’s preschool for children, Will Smith Zoo School, opened on its new campus, becoming the largest nature-based preschool in the country and the largest investment in the society’s history. In June 2019, Will Smith Zoo School was awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first for a preschool in the country.

Tim serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the International Elephant Foundation and also during his time with the zoo has been on the board for several organizations, including the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Sports, San Antonio Tourism Council, Texas Travel Industry Association, UTSA Alumni Association, Young Presidents Organization’s San Antonio Chapter, and Zoo Conservation Outreach Group.

While away from the “office,” Tim cheers on the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys, and he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and children.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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