Charbeneau has dedicated his career to the zoological operations, hospitality and entertainment industries, and working at nationally acclaimed aquariums, theme parks and resorts for over 30 years. In his position as Vice President/General Manager at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale Arizona, Greg Charbeneau directs and oversees all aspects of the business. He was responsible for the start up the Southwest’s largest public aquarium and participates in the development and management of other projects within the company.
Prior to coming to OdySea Aquarium, Charbeneau held the position of Vice President Marine Operations and Marketing at Atlantis Bahamas, Greg Charbeneau directed and managed the work of the Directors and non-management personnel for the Marine Mammal Operations Department at Dolphin Cay, on site sales of all animal interactions, cruise ship sales, marketing and operations for the Atlantis Resort, as well as photography sales and marketing. The Vice President of Marine Operations & Marketing worked closely with all other levels of management throughout the resort to better understand and effectively manage team based goals and philosophies while maintaining high levels of guest quality and satisfaction.
Charbeneau worked for Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, which is considered the largest family-owned theme park company in the United States that owns or operates entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties with more than 10,000 employees spanning 26 locations in ten states. Charbeneau held a corporate role to identify new business opportunities to grow the company’s public aquarium/zoo portfolio of businesses. Under HFE, Charbeneau held two additional positions at Wild Adventures and Adventure Aquarium. Charbeneau was General Manager and Vice President of Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. He was responsible for the 300-acre theme park business with almost 675 employees that includes Splash Island Water Park, South Georgia’s largest roller coasters park, a zoological operation with over 350 animals and an outdoor concert amphitheater. In his position as Vice President and Executive Director of Adventure Aquarium, Charbeneau led the charge to create an entirely new business which included hiring all new directors, managers and front line cast; as well as a new guest experience program and the way Adventure Aquarium conducts business. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art aquarium, focusing on creating a highly entertaining and engaging experience for guests and the advancement of zoological operations; as well as corporate responsibilities and oversight of strategic husbandry operations at Adventure Aquarium, Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY and Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA (sister attractions).
He held the position of Vice President of Husbandry at the New Jersey State Aquarium, where his major duties included development and implementation of animal care. Prior to going to New Jersey, Charbeneau worked at the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration as Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates. He began his career at Sea World with positions at both Sea World of Ohio and Sea World of Florida covering 8.5 years. He also worked for the Walt Disney World Company and EPCOT Living Seas as a Marine Biologist for 1.5 years. Throughout his career, Charbeneau has been involved with both new construction and renovation projects; ranging in scale from 100K – 50MM. His work has been featured in numerous industry publications and he has conducted multiple research projects.
Charbeneau earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1987, with a specialization in Marine Biology and a minor in Comprehensive Science. He is an active participant in conservation and education initiatives, a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and sits on several AZA steering committees. Charbeneau also held positions on the Boards of the Ritz Theatre, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the PA PCVB Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Camden Police Foundation, Valdosta Rotary, Valdosta Tourism and Conference Center, Valdosta Early College Academy and currently co-coordinator of “The Clock is Ticking 7 Mile Swim” event raising funds for the James Eunice Foundation.
Charbeneau resides with his wife of 30 years in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. His oldest daughter lives in Arlington, Va and working as an HR Generalist for Ventera and his youngest lives in Atlanta, GA working for Insight Global. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his daughters excel in life, boating, spending time with family and training for and competing in Ironman competitions (5 to date) including World Championships 2011 in Kona, Hawaii.