This past week we celebrated our 30th Anniversary. It was a treat for us to have guests from Tokusui join us to celebrate three decades of business — in addition a Seattle Mariners’ win over the California Angels.

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Hirotake Tokushima and Yutaka Kubota of Tokusui with John Steinmetz, VP of Business Development

 

The celebration continued as we participated in the launch of SmartCatch, “a new sustainable seafood program created with chefs for chefs to recognize restaurants working toward ensuring an abundant supply of seafood for generations to follow.”

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Olive Oil Poached Orca Bay Sockeye Salmon
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Smoked Orca Bay Pacific Cod
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Orcans: Lilani Estacio, Marketing & Communications Mgr. and Lori Parry, Foodservice Regional Mgr.

The Pop-Up dinners not only made our fish look good but the dishes tasted exceptional as well!

Seafood Executive: Ryan Mackey

Last but not least our fearless leader, Ryan Mackey, was featured in a recent Intrafish article. It’s a quick read as those of you that know Ryan well could have guessed but that’s Ryan – succinct and understated with a heavy dash of hilarious. The article, original published by Intrafish Media is below.

Drew Cherry

Published: 14.07.2015 15:10
Updated: 14.07.2015 14:30

When you were a child what job did you want to have when you grew up? I wanted to be a stock broker was I was a kid.

What are you most proud of in your career? The great friendships I have developed within the industry.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? An ice cold diet coke on a sunny day ha ha.

What is your biggest business regret? I don’t really think in terms of regrets.

What’s the most difficult thing about running a company? Going home at night.

Favorite movie of all time? Definitely The Matrix when it first came out.

Name 3 songs on your iPod/playlist. “One Love” Bob Marley, “Holiday” Collie Budz, “Trouble” Ray Lamontagne.

What is your favorite hobby? Boating the San Juan islands.

What is your biggest extravagance? Dining out. Seattle has some amazing restaurants and I eat out often.

Which words or phrases do you most over use? “Awesome” and “cool.”

What is your greatest fear? My mother passed away from cancer when my kids were just babies and I fear not getting to be a grandfather one day.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I’m very impulsive.

When were you the happiest in your career? When I won a bet for picking a dime off the floor with a forklift.

What is your most treasured possession? My 2001 GTI. Such a fun car to drive.

What is the quality you admire most in a person? Creativity.

What is the quality you admire least in a person? Selfishness.

What is best about your management style? You would have to ask my colleagues that one.

What is your motto? Know your audience.

Do you have any superstitions? Yes……

Who are your favorite writers? I read a lot including airport fiction stuff but also books that are recommended to me like “Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes was a book my son read in school and he thought I would like. He was right.

What is it you most dislike? Business buzz words like “circle back.”

How are you helping improve the world? By having helped raise two amazing kids.

Your perfect meal? Grilled king salmon and cold beer.

How will you know when it’s time to retire? My coworkers will let me know.

As for the Omega-3 Challenge? Yeah, that’s still happening and the gauntlet has been “rethrown” about half way through the challenge. If you are interested in doing the Heart Healthy Pledge by increasing the amount of seafood you eat a week sign up here. You’ll receive great information on the nutrition benefits of seafood in your diet.

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A little meme from our friends at Fortune Fish. We laughed hard. We are still going to win.
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Team Orca Bay holding each other accountable. Lori brought her home smoked fish to share…ensuring victory.

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