Jun 06

Parking Lot to C-Suite

by Staff

Check out this great article by “FOX Business” that chronicles our CEO Jim Atchison’s rise from the parking lots of Busch Gardens Tampa to lead SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Below is an excerpt from the online article and included in the article is a video interview with Jim.

You know the time-worn adages: Work your way to the top. Climb the corporate ladder. Pay your dues. But how many people can actually say they got their start at the bottom of a now public $3.2 billion company they go on to lead from the c-suite? Jim Atchison, SeaWorld’s (SEAS) chief executive, earned his seat in this elite club decades ago when he started with the company at 18 years of age, working as a parking lot attendant at Busch Gardens Tampa. Whether it was operating rides, working in guest relations or parking cars, what’s kept him in the game for nearly three decades isn’t the title or the fanfare that comes with the CEO position. It’s getting to do what he loves every single day.