Detroit Zoological Society Announces New Board Members

Two new members join the Detroit Zoological Society board.

ROYAL OAK– The Detroit Zoological Society approved Matthew B. Elliott and Rick Ruffner for a three-year term on its board of directors at the annual member meeting on June 22, 2011.

Elliott is a Middle Market Banking executive with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commercial Banking division. Based in Troy, Mich., he is responsible for leading the company’s Michigan middle market banking business.

Ruffner is founder and president of Avanti Press, Inc., a Detroit-based publisher of greeting cards whose products are sold in more than 20 countries. He also serves on the boards of Boy Scouts of America Great Lakes Council, Detroit Historical Society, Michigan Humane Society and Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.

“We are fortunate to have these outstanding leaders join our extraordinary board of directors,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director/CEO.

Celebrating its 100th year, the Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit