Due to COVID-19, the AZFA hosted a virtual conference this year in place of the annual conference that was planned for Louisville.  It was held on 4 consecutive Wednesdays, starting September 23rd, and concluding on October 14th.  Each session included a Vendor Spotlight presentation, and prizes were raffled off to pre-registered members.  The final session on October 14th included our annual business meeting, election of officers, a Conference Sponsor Spotlight, and a bonus raffle.

Conference Sponsor

Raffle Sponsor

Session 1 (September 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Re-opening an Aquarium in a Major City During a Pandemic with Civil Unrest

Presented by Bob Wengel, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Security – Shedd Aquarium

Session 2 (September 30th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Diversity & Inclusion Panel (temporary title)

Presented by Nikky Myers, Director of Facilities Operations & Maintenance – Denver Zoo

Session 3 (October 7th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST)

Vendor Spotlight

Vision for Sustainability: Houston Zoo Looks to 2022 and Beyond

Presented by Florence Tang, Project Manager – Design & Engineering and Erin Donato, Sustainability Manager – Facilities – Houston Zoo

Session 4 (October 14th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST)

Business Meeting & Election of Officers

Vendor Spotlight

Sponsor Spotlight

Adapting to Thrive – Positives from a Pandemic

Intro by Mark Fisher, Vice President – Facilities, Planning, and Sustainability – Cincinnati Zoo