Meet the Leadership Team
Sergio Rivera, Chief Executive Officer
Sergio (Serge) Rivera joined SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. in November 2019 as Chief Executive Officer.
Previously, Mr. Rivera served as President and CEO of ILG Vacation Ownership Segment, a leading provider of professionally delivered vacation experiences and the exclusive global licensee for the Hyatt®, Sheraton®, and Westin® brands. Prior to that, he served as the President of the Americas for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where he was responsible for the performance and growth of Starwood's brands and businesses in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Polynesia, which encompassed 700 hotels and 125,000 associates across 23 countries.
Mr. Rivera also serves on the Board of Directors for Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL), as a member of Florida International University's Chaplin School of Tourism & Hospitality Management Advisory Board and as a Trustee for The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of ILG, Inc., the Rosen College of Hospitality Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida, the U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable and as a Trustee and Board Member of the American Resort Development Association.
He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business administration from Florida International University.
Marc Swanson, CFO and Treasurer
Marc G. Swanson was appointed to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company in August 2017. Mr. Swanson served as interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company from September 2019 through November 2019. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in August 2017, Mr. Swanson served as Chief Accounting Officer since 2012 and served as interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 until September 2015 and as interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from August 1, 2017 until his permanent appointment later that same month.
Previously, he was Vice President, Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment from 2011 to 2012, the Corporate Controller of Busch Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2011 and the Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Swanson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orlando Science Center.
Mr. Swanson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University, and is a CPA.
Tony Taylor, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
G. Anthony (Tony) Taylor has been the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2010 and has led the Governmental Affairs team since 2017. In addition, from 2013 until 2015, Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Corporate Affairs group, which included Industry & Governmental Affairs, Corporate Communications, Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. From 2012-2015 Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Governmental Affairs team, and from 2010-2016 Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Risk Management group.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Taylor held the position of Associate General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. from 2000 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was a Principal at Blumenfeld Kaplan in St. Louis from 1993 to 2000.
He holds Bachelors’ degrees in political science and speech communication from the University of Missouri and a juris doctor degree from Washington University.
Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy, Chief Accounting Officer
Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy was appointed to Chief Accounting Officer of the company in August 2017. Mrs. Gulacsy also served as interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from September 2019 through November 2019. Prior to becoming Chief Accounting Officer in August 2017, Mrs. Gulacsy served as Corporate Vice President, Financial Reporting, a position she was promoted to in 2016 after serving as Director, Financial Reporting, from 2013 to 2016.
Prior to joining SeaWorld, Mrs. Gulacsy served from 2011 to 2013 as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller for Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., where she also served as Director of Corporate Accounting from 2006 to 2011, and Assistant Controller from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that time, Mrs. Gulacsy was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young LLP.
Mrs. Gulacsy holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also currently serves as a board member of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Dr. Christopher Dold, Chief Zoological Officer
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold has served as the Chief Zoological Officer of the Company since April 2016. In his role, Chris leads the Company’s team of zoological professionals and oversees all animal programs, rescue and rehabilitation, science, conservation and education. Prior to that, Dr. Dold served as Vice President, Veterinary Services from 2008 until April 2016 and Senior Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando from 2005 to 2008.
Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Dold was a National Academies- National Research Council Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, and completed a University of California-Davis Internship in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.
Dr. Dold is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, European Association for Aquatic Mammals, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Dold received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
Walter Bogumil, Chief Strategy Officer
Walter Bogumil was named to the new position of Chief Strategy Officer in June, 2018, bringing extensive experience setting strategic plans with a strong track record of driving operating improvements.
Before joining SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. he held leadership roles in the theme park and resort industries including Interim Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Gaming (Las Vegas, NV) and was Affinity’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer prior to that. He also served as Vice President, Financial Analysis, at Penn National Gaming from April 2002 to March 2015.
Mr. Bogumil holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Rollins College.