Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Roger Germann and the reappointment of Kelly Rice to the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Roger Germann

Germann, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer of The Florida Aquarium. Prior to joining The Florida Aquarium, Roger served as executive vice president for more than 16 years at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Throughout his career, Germann has been instrumental in establishing several national initiatives – from working with zoo and aquarium CEOs to create the Association of Zoos & Aquariums global campaign to save species, to launching the nation’s first comprehensive aquarium conservation advocacy program. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. Germann is appointed to a four-year term.

Kelly Rice

Rice, of Webster, is the owner of Prime Property Resources, Inc. and the president of Rice Cattle Company. Rice currently serves as a state director of the Florida Farm Bureau and has served as past president of the Sumter County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as well as the Sumter County Economic Development Council. He is a member of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and the Realtor Association of Lake and Sumter Counties. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. Rice is appointed to a four-year term.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



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