Please join us for May's CEO Dinner with local leader, Brian Zimmerman. You will enjoy dinner while having the chance to ask questions and learn from Brian's experiences in an intimate, personal setting. Make connections not only with the CEO but also with the other motivated young professionals attending the dinner!
As Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Metroparks, Brian Zimmerman is responsible for the overall management of over 23,000 acres including 18 park reservations, eight golf courses, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, hundreds of miles of parkways and trails, and more than 940 employees that serve approximately 40 million visitors annually.
Zimmerman, 43, was selected in January 2010 as the sixth head of Cleveland Metroparks in its 97-year history. He previously served as chief of operations for the Milwaukee County Parks, Recreation and Culture department.
A Wisconsin native, Zimmerman grew up near Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural science-soils. His agricultural knowledge and love of the outdoors led to work in turf management for several prestigious golf courses in Michigan.
In addition to his role with the Metroparks, Zimmerman serves on the Destination Cleveland Board of Trustees, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Board, the Flats Forward Board of Directors, St. Edward High School Board of Trustees and various committees at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick, Ohio. Zimmerman was named a “2014 Newsmaker” by Crain’s Cleveland Business, Inside Business magazine named him to its “Power 100” list, and in 2011, he was named a recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 Under 40” Award.
Zimmerman enjoys golf, traveling, especially to see Big 10 college football games, and spending time with his family, including wife Jill, son Carter and their Weimaraner, Eli, at their home in Strongsville. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking and boating.
Cleveland Metroparks is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio. It is governed by a three-member board of volunteer Park Commissioners who are appointed by the presiding judge of the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. Cleveland Metroparks was established in 1917 and is dedicated to conservation, education and recreation.