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Chamber Presents The Morning Buzz Featuring Doug Piekarz on August 11

Greater Akron—The Morning Buzz is a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas and strategies for business growth and success.  On Friday, August 11, 2017, join us to hear Doug Piekarz, President & CEO of the Akron Zoo. 
Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Biology, Ecology and Evolution from Montclair State University.  He has worked in the zoo industry for over 26 years, spending the first decade of his career at the Bronx Zoo in New York, and the last 17 years at the Akron Zoo.  Doug has worked as a part of international conservation efforts in Venezuela, Brazil, and Spain focused on waterbird conservation.  He is an instructor for the Association of Zoo and Aquariums' professional development school and an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program in zoo and aquarium leadership through George Mason University.
Doug has worn many hats over the years at the Akron Zoo, having also been responsible for facilities, animal care, vet care, maintenance, horticulture, and security in the past.  Most recently, as Vice President of Planning and Conservation Programs, his responsibilities included: (1) Managing the Akron Zoo’s Master Plan and Construction; (2) Representing the Akron Zoo through participation in collaborative conservation efforts with other zoos and organizations; and (3) Offering expertise on animal welfare, exhibit planning, design and construction. 
The Morning Buzz will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron, 1307 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44305. Business connections, registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The cost is $25 for members, $50 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. To make a reservation, call the Greater Akron Chamber at (330) 376-5550 or register on-line at www.greaterakronchamber.org
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