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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.


Living Color Aquariums
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

Meet the Team

Rodney Robinson, President

With more than 25 years of experience in financial and operational leadership and a “think straight, talk straight” approach, Rodney Robinson oversees all functions at Living Color Aquariums. Rodney leads the talented team of Living Color Aquarium specialists who are industry leaders in acrylic, aquariums, filtration, and aquatics husbandry.  Rodney is responsible for developing and achieving the company’s overall vision, growth strategy, and financial objectives. Under Rodney’s guidance, the company maintains its commitment to excellence in product design, construction, installation and maintenance, with emphases on artistic integrity and healthy living environments.

Prior to his appointment as President of Living Color Aquariums in July 2014, Rodney was Chief Financial Officer to the owner of Living Color Aquariums.  During his tenure as CFO, he was instrumental in implementing multiple processes and executing several strategies that led to exponential growth and operational efficiencies within a diverse family of brands.

Prior to joining Living Color Aquariums, Rodney gained in-depth manufacturing and construction experience with multiple Fortune 500 Companies.  His background includes extensive international operations and spans several industries, including manufacturing, construction, energy, computing products and services, media communications, and transportation and logistics.

Rodney is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Texas at Arlington.

Shawn Rich, Director of Sales & Marketing

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, Director of Project Management

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 Blanco, Director of Operations

Jose joined Living Color Aquariums in 1999, and currently serves as Director of Operations. 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. Jose also creates and oversees the design of our custom reefs and themed exhibit work for our aquarium projects. You can also catch Jose on our hit reality TV series, “Fish Tank Kings,” currently airing on Nat Geo WILD!

Erin Tartaglia, Controller

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.

Cesar Verdugo, President of Cabinetry

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.