Ken Nedimyer became inspired to help restore coral reefs when staghorn coral recruits began to settle and grow on his live rock nursery in the Upper Florida Keys. Ken went on to found the Coral Restoration Foundation, Inc. and pioneer nursery and restoration techniques beginning with staghorn and elkhorn corals. Mike Echevarria met Ken in the early CRF days, joining the CRF Board of Directors as the Chair for four years. In that time Ken and Mike helped grow CRF into a leading force for coral restoration. Subsequently, Ken left CRF to form Nedimyer Consulting Services, L.L.C. and Reef Renewal Foundation International, Inc. in order to continue his passion for creating innovative solutions to restore coral reefs worldwide.
In 2019, Mike founded Reef Renewal USA, Inc. to focus on the Florida Keys reef tract. As Technical Director, Ken leads the science and permitting of all coral nursery and outplanting activities.