Living Color Aquariums, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is renowned for creating iconic, award-winning custom aquariums and themed exhibits. Recognized for creating aquariums that are stunningly elaborate works of art, Living Color Aquariums designs and builds custom aquarium exhibits for high-profile clients like Disney, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins Ballpark, Loews Hotels, Rainforest Café, Bass Pro Shops, Nordstrom, as well as many distinguished celebrities and professional sports athletes. With over 25 years of experience, no other aquarium manufacturing facility in the world has the turnkey capabilities to execute complex, customized projects like Living Color Aquariums. Living Color Aquariums is also currently featured on the smash-hit reality series Fish Tank Kings, airing on the TV network Nat Geo WILD.
The team members of Living Color Aquariums star in the hit cable TV series Fish Tank Kings and is broadcast in the USA by Nat Geo WILD and worldwide by National Geographic Channel International. Fish Tank Kings is one of the only internationally distributed shows filmed primarily in South Florida where the actors also live and work in South Florida. The series showcases Living Color Aquariums, as it uses its unparalleled skills, creativity and teamwork to pull off the most extreme custom aquariums imaginable.
1. 25 years of experience
2. On-site manufacturing facility
3. Professional craftsmen and installers
4. Turnkey manufacturing and development
5. Dedicated leadership and staff
6. Diverse and flexible team of professionals
With more than two decades of experience in custom aquarium and themed environment solutions at Living Color Aquariums, Mat oversees all aspects of operations, including design, production and installation. Mat’s expertise sources from an extensive background in acrylic, complemented by a specialization in aquarium engineering, design and fabrication. Utilizing his creativity and comprehensive experience, Mat heads a talented team of specialists at Living Color Aquariums. From conception to implementation, Mat’s experiences span from large residential and commercial aquarium installations such as Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlin’s Ballpark, South Florida Science Museum (West Palm Beach, FL), and Rainforest Café (multiple locations), to elaborate themed exhibit projects including SeaWorld’s Grand Reef at Discovery Cove, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (Orlando, FL) and Universal Studios’ E.T. Adventure (Japan), among dozens of other installations.
Mat is also the featured Living Color Aquariums star of Fish Tank Kings, the highly successful reality TV series on Nat Geo WILD.
Shawn joined Living Color Aquariums in 2009 and is responsible for directing the Custom and Retail Sales segments of Living Color Aquariums and Themed Exhibits. Shawn brings a background in Construction Management, with a concentration in Commercial and Residential Custom Aquarium design. Shawn’s comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the aquarium manufacturing process, as well as the contract and sales cycle ensures that Living Color customers receive a professional client experience and a product that exceeds expectations.Shawn obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering at Florida International University in 2005, and later earned his State of Florida Certified General Contractor’s License in 2009.
Ben Alia joined Living Color Aquariums in 1999, and currently serves as Senior Project Manager. Ben has successfully managed over 100 complex turnkey commercial, residential and institutional projects, and is the primary client service liaison between Living Color Aquariums and its clients. Ben’s responsibilities begin at the point of client sale, where he oversees design, purchasing, fabrication and final installation. His most recent experience includes high-visibility installations such as SeaWorld’s Discover Cove, Naples Conservancy, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, and Fontainebleau Hotel. Ben’s successful project management provisions ensure that we consistently meet and exceed client expectations. You can also catch Ben on our hit reality TV series, “Fish Tank Kings,” currently airing on Nat Geo WILD!
Jose joined Living Color Aquariums in 1999, and currently serves as Production Manager. Jose’s responsibilities include oversight of all acrylic, coral and substrate production operations, in support of of the manufacturing for Living Color’s custom aquarium and themed exhibit work, including our proprietary artificial coral and reefs, rockwork and retail product lines. Jose also oversees all factory-level operations, including compliances to code and safety initiatives. Jose received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992, and later completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Miami Arts Department in 1995. You can also catch Jose on our hit reality TV series, “Fish Tank Kings,” currently airing on Nat Geo WILD!
Erin joined Living Color Aquariums in August 2013. With a specialty in mathematics and finance, Erin’s primary responsibilities include project profitability, job costing and strategic planning. Prior to joining Living Color Aquariums, Erin was a high school mathematics teacher at one of South Florida’s top public schools. Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2009 and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Walden University in 2013.
Glenda Hunter joined Living Color Aquariums in April 2014 as Accounting Manager. With over thirty-five years of experience in accounting and finance, she effectively supervises and evaluates all daily accounting practices. Glenda’s diverse accounting background is the foundation to her high attention to detail and extensive knowledge of proper accounting principles. Dedicated to improving accounting systems and procedures, Glenda strongly supports the growth and development of Living Color Aquariums.
Cesar Verdugo joined Living Color in September 2003, and assumed the role of President of Cabinetry in November 2012. At Living Color, Cesar utilizes his in-depth knowledge of product design, materials sourcing, fabrication processes, production equipment capabilities, assembly and fulfillment process, and quality control standards to help ensure that only the finest custom cabinetry products are manufactured from our world class, state-of-the-art factory.Cesar graduated from the University of Cuenca in Ecuador in 1989, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In 2002, Cesar later earned his certification of General Contractor in the State of Florida. Prior to joining Living Color, Cesar’s cabinetry career experience commenced in 1990, when he joined Colineal Corp., the largest furniture company in Ecuador. Cesar was later promoted to become General Manager of one its production facilities. In 2000, Cesar transferred to a custom cabinetry company in Miami, and has since resided in South Florida.
Kevin joined Living Color Aquariums in 2011, and is responsible for managing Living Color’s Quarantine and Distribution Center, as well the Aquarium Maintenance Team, which has been servicing high profile clients in the South Florida area for over 20 years. Kevin’s began his career in the Public Aquarium industry in 1995, where he accumulated an extensive background in animal care, life support systems operations and maintenance, project management, and aquarium maintenance. His prior work experience includes the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV), North Carolina Aquarium (Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher, NC), and Underwater World (Tumon, Guam).