Cary Summers, President
In his role as president, Cary Summers oversees a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts building the 430,000-square-foot international museum set to open to the public in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 2017. He also provides oversight to Museum of the Bible’s Scholars Initiative, worldwide traveling exhibits and high school Bible curricula.
Summers’ museum-related activities take him around the world to negotiate strategic partnerships, arrange host sites for future traveling exhibits and manage a global network of institutions that house and research items from the Museum Collection, an aggregation of several of the world’s most prominent private collections of biblical objects and artifacts.
Before coming to Museum of the Bible, Summers was president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment/Silver Dollar City Corporation, one of the world’s largest theme attraction operators. He previously served as vice president for retail, catalog and wholesale for Bass Pro Shops and was general manager of Abercrombie and Fitch when it was the world’s oldest sporting goods company.
An entrepreuner, Summers has founded a number of consulting ventures that advise organizations, including those in the tourism and the theme-attraction industries. Summers founded Treasures of the Holy Land, an e-commerce enterprise that imports handcrafted goods made in Israel to the U.S., and serves as CEO of Nazareth Village in Israel, a re-creation of the first-century village where Jesus grew up.
Summers sits on a number of nonprofit boards and is board coordinator between the Miracle of Nazareth International Foundation USA and Nazareth Village Israel. He is a founding board member of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, an Israeli human rights group.
Summers graduated from the University of Texas. He and his wife, Jacque, live in Springfield, Missouri.