Warning: An Open Letter to Scott Ross -
We want to take a moment to condemn the leadership and actions of Scott Ross the Chairman of the Board of Directors for SeaWorld Entertainment.
Since Scott Ross has invested in SeaWorld Entertainment, Seaworld has seen 5 CEOs. Each CEO has cited conflicts with Scott Ross as a reasons for their departure.
SeaWorld employees both salaried and hourly who have had the misfortune of working with him over the years have shared with us in private the catastrophe that he has inflicted on the company we all love and cherish.
Scott Ross squandered tax breaks and intended savings to fund stock buy back programs to self enrich his own stock position and stake in SeaWorld, inflicted drastic cost cutting measures that damaged and ruined the guest experience, laid off talented highly skilled employees, and reduced attraction maintenance to levels that are questionable at best.
During the time this was happening, we stayed silent, because while Scott Ross' greed disgusted us, we love and cherish the amazing Team Members,Trainers, Ambassadors, Employees who make the SeaWorld parks what they are. We have spent years with you, loving you, and supporting you, and we always will, because the work you do, truly makes the world a better place.
But regardless of your tireless hard work this incredible fifty year history and legacy is at risk, because one greedy man named Scott Ross, thought SeaWorld Entertainment was a calculated investment risk, he could take, cut costs and repackage regardless of the human and animal costs as long as he profited.
While executive leadership has taken a 20% pay cut, 90% of his employees took a 100% pay cut.
While he is enjoying his millions of dollars, he is asking his furloughed employees to beg for public assistance.
We ask the board, we beg the board, to please remove Scott Ross as the Chairman of the Board, and to please remove him from the Board of Directors of SeaWorld Entertainment.