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Chuck AquinoChuck was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2006. He serves as a member of the Governance Committee and served as President in 2010 and 2011. During Chuck’s leadership as President, the Center transitioned a new Executive Director, the fourth in a sixty year history, realized budget surpluses, repositioned its campaign efforts and secured new gift commitments for the campaign, realigned strategic planning processes with Board and staff, updated the Code of Regulations  and earned the Center’s first grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Prior to being elected president, he served as chair of the Center Direction Committee as well as served on the Finance Committee.

Chuck is a Managing Director at Western Reserve Partners LLC, a boutique investment banking firm focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and valuation advisory services, where his responsibilities include both transaction execution and origination.

Chuck was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a winner in its annual “Forty Under 40” awards program. The program salutes outstanding achievements of young professionals throughout Northeast Ohio under the age of 40 who have established and proven themselves as leaders, actively guiding the region’s business community.

Chuck graduated from John Carroll University with a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance and minor in Economics, where he graduated first in his class in the Boler School of Business. Prior to joining the Board, he served on the Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the Cleveland Chapter of The First Tee Organization, was a member of the John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association and also served for two years as an executive volunteer with the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

As a Board Member, Chuck brings a strong commitment to leadership, organization and a broad range of personal and corporate contacts to the Center. Chuck was introduced to the Center through Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) and quickly realized that the Center was a great fit with his interests and values. He strongly believes in providing engaging and memorable education experiences for children of all ages in the fields of nature, wildlife and space science, as well as the Center’s mission of instilling in all people an appreciation and sense of responsibility for preserving our natural universe. Chuck is an avid sports, music and movies enthusiast and, when possible, he and his family enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors.


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