Nelson Griffin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer for Red Lobster Seafood Company. He is responsible for leading all the supply chain related activities for the world’s largest casual dining seafood restaurant company which owns and operates restaurants throughout North America.
Dr. Paul Doremus serves as the Chief Operating Officer for NOAA Fisheries, responsible for the agency’s strategy and performance, budget and finance, policy and communications, IT and facilities, and human resources. He oversees Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, and the Office of Law Enforcement.
Ms. Christine Garvey is the Vice President of National Accounts at Trident Seafoods Corporation, a position held for the previous 7 years. Trident is both a fishing company in Alaska and Sales & Marketing company globally.
Jason Driskill is Senior Director of Seafood for Texas-based retailer H-E-B with responsibilities over procurement, sales, merchandising, marketing and sustainability for fresh/frozen seafood and sushi.
Jacqueline Claudia, COO of Smarter Sorting, is a lifelong fish nerd who thought she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up. Instead, after graduating from Wharton, she spent 15 years working in corporate strategy and innovation before finding her way back to the fish.
Jim Motos is the Senior Vice President of the Consumer Brands Division of Rich Products Corporation. He is a member of multiple industry boards and is passionate about educating Americans of the benefits of including seafood in their weekly diet.
Ms. Sonja Connor, MS, RDN, LD is a research associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University. She also has been very involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and served as president in 2014-15.
Mr. Judson Reis is Past President & CEO of Gorton's Inc. located in Gloucester, MA and joined Gorton's in 1990. Judson has been a long-time proponent of building greater awareness of the health benefits of eating seafood.
Dr. Steve Hart directs Global Aquaculture Alliance activities within Asia, leading efforts focused on development of food safety outreach, investigating emerging issues affecting aquaculture stakeholders, working with GAA constituents to respond to emerging issues, expanding activities with other related groups, and generating content for GAA’s communications vehicles.
Mr. Hugh Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences & Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees worldwide and $12 billion in annual sales.