Parents aren’t supposed to admit to having a favorite child, and we’re too smart to admit we have a favorite client. But if we were going to rank them, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden would be right there at the top. That’s why we were glad to see our friend Satch Krantz presented with the first-ever Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award by One Columbia.
Satch began his career at Riverbanks Zoo in 1973 after graduating from Clemson University; he was appointed executive director of the Zoo in 1976 shortly after the park opened in 1974. Under his leadership, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has grown to become South Carolina’s largest gated tourist attraction, averaging more than one million visitors each year. Riverbanks also is a four‐time winner of the Southeastern Tourism Society’s Shining Example Award as the Southeast’s top tourist attraction and a two‐time winner of the SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism Governor’s Cup Award as South Carolina’s Leading Attraction. In addition, Satch’s guidance has helped propel Riverbanks into the global spotlight as a leader in wildlife conservation.
The Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award is an annual recognition of a Columbian who reflects many of the values and qualities of those generously given by One Columbia’s former leader in support of the growth and vitality of his City of Columbia. Morrison, who passed away in October, co‐chaired the One Columbia Arts and History Board of Directors for three years. The recipient of the Steve Morrison Visionary Award honors the best combination of vision and leadership, applied to arts and history and the entire cultural foundation of the City, and the value they bring to Columbia.