Atlantis Marine World owner, Jim Bissett, has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology.
At the 2010 ACIT Annual Business Leadership Awards Luncheon held Dec. 3, Jim Bissett claimed the award that recognized Bissett's success in co-founding and expanding the Long Island Aquarium, Atlantis Marine World.
"It is a great honor to accept this award from ACIT," said Bissett. "Although this is a personal award, I believe that it belongs as much to me as it does to my partner, Joe Petrocelli, Atlantis Marine World’s owner and co-founder, and the teams at both Atlantis Marine World and at Bissett Nursery.
Bissett co-founded and opened the Aquarium in 2000. Since then, he has ushered the Aquarium to exceptional growth and profitability, and is currently building a 97,498-square-foot, $24 million facility next to the Aquarium that takes visitors beneath the waves and beyond the ocean. The new structure will encompass areas that include a 28,000-square-foot Exhibition, Banquet, and Conference Center, and a 100-room Hyatt Place Hotel.
About Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
Atlantis Marine World (AMW) opened in Riverhead, NY on June 15, 2000, as the first large-scale Aquarium to open in New York State in more than 35 years. Situated on 3.2 acres along the Peconic River, AMW <http://www.atlantismarineworld.com/visitor-planning.html> is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (closed December 25). General Admission Rates <http://www.atlantismarineworld.com/visitor-rates.html> are $18.50 (plus tax) for Children 3 – 17 and Seniors 62+; $21.50 (plus tax) for Adults 18 – 61; Children 2 and under are always free at AMW. AMW is also the home of The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, New York's only authorized marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center. Atlantis Marine World was recently ranked by Parents Magazine as one of the “Top Aquariums for Kids.” <http://www.parents.com/fun/vacation/us-destinations/10-best-aquariums-for-kids/> Additional information can be found at www.atlantismarineworld.com <http://www.atlantismarineworld.com>
Source: Atlantis Marine World press release dated Dec. 3