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N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher Honors Employees

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher honored Angie Leary and Dan Radley recently for making the Aquarium a better place to work and visit. Angie Leary, business manager, won the 2012 Sea Star Award for outstanding job performance and service to the community. Co-workers consider Leary a committed professional with an approachable, team attitude.
“Angie delivers ahead of time and beyond expectation,” said one co-worker. “She can be counted on for her even demeanor punctuated by kind words and encouragement. Angie treats all co-workers as respected team members”
Leary, a North Carolina native, started working at the Aquarium in 1999 in human resources. In January 2012, she was promoted to business manager, overseeing the Aquarium’s budget and serving as the controller and business liaison between the Aquarium and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Leary has worked in various positions for the State of North Carolina over the last 20 years. Dan Radley, volunteer coordinator, won the 2012 Customer Service Award for his positive attitude and impact on co-workers and visitors every day.
“He treats all volunteers, staff and visitors, with respect and provides information in a charismatic manner –making their day,” wrote a co-worker nominating Radley for his award. “Dan’s customer service is out of the ball park and he is in a league all his own.”
Radley, a Scituate, Massachusetts native, began his career at the Aquarium as an assistant educator interacting with visitors and making learning fun for guests of all ages, in 2010. He led several Aquarium initiatives including “It’s Easy Being Green” to raise conservation awareness. In November, Radley was promoted to his current position. He takes seriously his primary responsibilities of recruitment, scheduling and training of 650 active volunteers who give their time to the Aquarium. Yet, he never misses an opportunity to share a smile and a positive attitude with all those he encounters during the day.
“Angie and Dan make a commitment each and every day to their co-workers and Aquarium guests,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Their positive attitudes, hard work and dedication to our mission make the Aquarium an exceptional place to visit and work.” Permanent, temporary and seasonal state employees or N.C. Aquarium Society employees are eligible for the annual Sea Star and Customer Service awards. Employees are nominated by their peers, with winners recognized at an all staff meeting held each December. Award winners receive a plaque, $250 from the NC Aquarium Society and dinner for two at Rucker John’s and Uncle Vinny’s Pizzeria.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-61; $7, 62 and older; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children 2 and younger; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.