Former CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium named 2023 Person of Vision

Preserve Vision Florida, a Pinellas County-based statewide non-profit, will honor David Yates as its 2023 Person of Vision.

The 44th Annual Person of Vision Award Gala will be held on March 2, in Clearwater Marina Aquarium’s Jacobson Ballroom. The dinner will be preceded by a reception on the Dolphin Terrace.

According to a statement, “When Yates took over as CEO in 2006, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium was virtually unknown and in danger of closing its doors due to financial troubles. But Yates told a story that inspired millions of people around the world: A dolphin who lost her tail, refused to give up and lived years beyond expectations, sharing hope with many facing their own life challenges. That story, followed by the release of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, which Yates Co-produced and Executive Produced, put CMA on the map and has inspired millions more of all ages.”

A 2016 study covering the previous four years determined an economic impact of more than $2 billion, with 44,444 jobs supported and 2.2 million room nights booked. And in late 2020, CMA unveiled the results of an ambitious, $80 million renovation and expansion project.

The Person of Vision Award honorees has included Jeff and Penny Vinik, H. Lee Moffitt, Joe Lopano and Jane Castor. Register for the event here. 

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