Richard Stavis serves as CEO of Stavis Seafoods, a third-generation, family-owned, national seafood distributor located in Boston, Massachusetts. Stavis Seafoods, established in 1929, is an innovator in seafood sourcing and an anchor of the Boston seafood industry. Richard started in 1979 and was selected as CEO in 1996. He has led the company to solid growth, expanding sourcing to include 1100 products from 50 countries worldwide and steadily increasing pounds sold, revenue, margin and profits year after year. Richard has become a leader in the seafood industry. He is a supporting donor and active member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, which is focused on educating the public about the health benefits of seafood. He also currently serves on the Board of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and serves as a Board Member on its Better Seafood Board and its Sustainable Crab Council, an importer's group dedicated to promoting sustainable fishing practices for the crab fisheries in Southeast Asia.
As an industry thought leader, Richard is quoted in the media and asked to speak at trade shows across the world, including recent features on PBS, CNBC, Seafood Business and Undercurrent News, as well as serving as a former columnist for Wild Catch Magazine. An industry activist, Richard is often asked to represent the seafood industry on Capitol Hill as well as at the Massachusetts State House. He has been asked to speak to the EPA, the USDC Inspector General, and NOAA on a number of industry issues. He has actively supported fishermen rights and is involved in fisheries improvement projects (FIPs) around the world. He worked with local leaders to support the Bristol Bay Fisheries fight against a mining proposal that eventually led to the EPA stopping the project. He is also on the board of SeaPact, which is a group of seafood companies working to develop FIPs that will protect the future of seafood.
Richard is also active in the local community. He is a former Member of the Board of Overseers of Children's Hospital, Boston and former President and current Board Member of the Boston Marine Park Business Association, where he served as an influential part of the revitalization of Boston's Seaport District. He is also a board member of the Boston Fisheries Foundation, which hosts the annual Boston Seafood Festival, created the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame and is focused on supporting local commercial fishing and Boston-area fishermen.