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Chris Desmond

Sea Excursions, Inc.
Director, Research & Education
Chris' three passions are education, the planet and solutions. He is the Founder and Director of Sea Excursions' 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project. Launched in 2006, the Project is a long term study of the abundance, distribution, movement, association patterns and behavior of bottlenose dolphins in Southwest Florida. In National Geographic's recently released book (Febuary 2013), the Program was recognized as "100 Places That Could Change Your Child's Life". In 2011, Chris launched Sea Excursions' "Environmental Studies Program", which delivers science-based educational programs to elementary schools. The Program leads each lesson into classrooms with "live-from-the-field" video, via the Internet, into classrooms and the home for educational purposes. The Program is considered highly success by teachers, school administrators, students and parents.

Prior to his work with dolphins, Mr. Desmond’s career was in the media industry. Mr. Desmond was the lead strategic planner as part of a management group and Bill Cosby, backed by Goldman Sachs, that led a $4 billion effort to acquire an existing “Big Three” television network. .

As President and CEO of Pace Group International, Mr. Desmond was responsible for managing the day-today authoring, production and publishing of English-As-Second Language television programs, videos, audiotapes and books. Pace’s propriety products are used worldwide by individuals, colleges, universities and businesses and are offered through the mass media network and cable television, U.S. Embassies, retail outlets and site licenses with major businesses.

At CBS, Mr. Desmond's responsibilities ranged from corporate strategic planning for Chairman William S. Paley and CBS Records; to managing national sales, programming, news and operations for the five CBS Owned & Operated Television Stations, to managing KMOX-TV in St. Louis and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Some of his principal accomplishments were his involvement in the development of Electronic news Gathering (ENG); the development of the #1 rated television program, Dinah; and the arrangement and production of two national news events with the White house involving two U.S. Presidents..