Sometimes, the push to make a meaningful change in life comes from an enemy. In Raymond King’s case, the enemy was cancer, which drove him to a new career.
King, 46, spent 22 years working for SunTrust before switching jobs, he said, “from the circus of banking to the zoo.” He became CEO of Zoo Atlanta two years ago, overseeing dramatic changes there, as well as in his own life. He discusses both issues, as well as the zoo’s firmer financial footing.
Q: Would you please talk about your Atlanta roots?
A: I’m one of the few people who’ve never lived anywhere else. I went to Christ the King, St. Pius and Georgia Tech. I joined SunTrust straight out of college. Up until two years ago, I used to tell people that I was the only person I knew who had never lived anywhere but Atlanta and never worked anywhere but one company.
I’m an SOB — son of a banker. My father went to Georgia Tech, as well. When I went to Tech, I studied business. And then I went straight into