President and CEO
San Antonio Zoo
Tim is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as San Antonio College. Prior to joining San Antonio Zoo in December 2014, Tim had a 24-year career in the theme park industry which included the opening of several theme 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.
He 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, Kiddie Park and Starbucks. Tim leads a team of ten executives who together oversee more than 700 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 $50 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. 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 President Elect of the International Elephant Foundation and has served and continues
to serve on boards for several organizations to include the San Antonio Visitor Alliance,
Texas Travel Alliance, UTSA Alumni Association, Young Presidents Organization’s San
Antonio Chapter, Zoo Conservation Outreach Group, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,
San Antonio Sports, International Iguana Foundation, and the Urban Outreach Advisory
Committee for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
While away from the “office,” Tim cheers on the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys,
and he enjoys traveling with his wife Jennifer and children.