Save Our Seabirds

Save Our Seabirds is located near Mote Marine in Sarasota.

SARASOTA — Save Our Seabirds is looking for a new CEO after current CEO David Pilston announced his retirement, it said in a news release.

Pilston has been the CEO of the nonprofit since 2012.

“At that time, he joined an organization that was struggling financially, with deteriorating facilities and low team morale,” Jim Curtis, board chair for Save Our Seabirds, said in a news release. “During his tenure, revenues have tripled, putting SOS on firm financial footing and many improvements have been made to facilities and procedures, creating a more efficient and effective organization.”

Pilston and his wife will be moving to Europe.

MBJ Group is in charge of the group’s nationwide search for a new CEO, the news release said.

The mission of SOS is to “rescue, rehabilitate and release seabirds, and to educate people of all ages on environmental issues,” it said. “SOS receives calls to rescue approximately 5,000 birds every year and is home to many permanent avian residents and birds in rehab.”

Pilston recently negotiated 20-year lease with Sarasota, and worked up two ten-year options, the news release noted.

“With that 40-year commitment in hand, SOS launched its first-ever capital campaign, ‘Come Fly With Us,’ in 2019,” it said. “The campaign is designed to provide funds for renovation of the facility including a beautiful new entry building, which has won architectural awards, an indoor education center, and completely rebuilt rehabilitation facilities. That campaign was put on hold due to the pandemic but will be re-launched as soon as possible.”

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