Founder, Red’s Best
Panel 5: Food Innovation
What is one of your proudest career achievements?
Hiring people who are smarter than I am. Red’s Best has been able to recruit and build a team of the best in the seafood business. It is extremely validating to be surrounded by skilled area experts who not only believe in my vision but also have dedicated their lives helping to bring it to fruition. These are talented people I knew professionally before and had literally dreamt of collaborating with… and now I get to work with them every single day.
If you could interview anyone, alive or passed, whom would it be and why?
I would prefer to talk to someone from the future. It would be great to have access/insight into innovative technologies and how our community is going to interact with the ocean in 10 to 40 years. If I had to choose someone from the past, I would love to hang out with Herman Melville. He was my kindred spirit – hungry for adventure and created a livelihood out of a career he loved.
If you had one super-power to help tackle one social issue, what would that power be?
It is really hard to quantify what is in the ocean. I would love to have the power to see underwater, count every fish in the entire ocean at the speed of light and share all that information with both fishermen and regulators. As an aggregator of catch, Red’s Best is caught in the middle a lot; it’s one of our biggest challenges. It would be phenomenal to capture and share real data. It would keep fishermen fishing while sustaining fisheries for harvest.