Charles Arant, who heads the highly successful operations of our very important Tennessee Aquarium, was the excellent choice for recognition as the Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year for 2009.
Many outstanding professional organizations have joined in an admirable Chattanooga tradition to recognize an outstanding local manager each year.
Mr. Arant was an active and successful business and civic leader when he accepted the presidency of the Tennessee Aquarium in 1995. He had been the Chattanooga manager of IBM before he took early retirement. He became director for the Creative Discovery Museum before taking leadership for the Tennessee Aquarium. He is chairman of the RiverCity board for downtown development and serves in many other organizations, including the boards of Memorial Hospital, First Tennessee Bank, the United Way, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, which he headed several years ago.
The Tennessee Aquarium is the valuable realization of the civic dream of Jack Lupton. The aquarium represents much more than the $120 million original investment and the $30 million addition for which Mr. Arant was a major leader. Its millions of visitors have brought many millions of dollars into our economy, making the Tennessee Aquarium one of the most fascinating assets of our unique community.
Mr. Arant is a fine citizen of warm personality and excellent business leadership. It is a pleasure to see this valuable Chattanoogan honored for his constructive service.