Leadership

  • Richard Stavis

    Owner & CEO of Stavis Seafoods

    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 is 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 on 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.

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  • Mary Fleming

    Owner, Treasurer and CFO

    Mary Fleming is an Owner and serves as the Treasurer and CFO of Stavis Seafoods.  She is responsible for overseeing the financial matters of Stavis Seafoods, including budgeting and cost control, financial analysis and financial statement preparation, international business transactions, legal, bank and lease negotiations and special projects.  She also oversees the finance, accounting, credit and information technology divisions of the company.
     
    Mary’s career at Stavis began in 1984, in the accounting office.  Mary started at the bottom of the ladder and worked her way up learning multiple tasks in the importing, accounting and sales departments. After getting her MBA, Mary returned to Stavis in 1988 to manage the accounting office.  In 1993, Mary took over as Sales Manager and remained in that position until late 2002.  She was then promoted to the newly created position of CFO.  She also served as part of the Sales Management Team from 2010 to 2013.
     
    Mary graduated from Brown University with a BA in psychology in 1982, and from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1988. She is actively involved in a number of charities including Birthday Wishes, Ramapo for Children and Walk for Hunger.  She also serves as a Member of the  CFO Roundtable and was named a Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by The Griffin Report.

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  • Stuart Altman

    Owner & Executive Vice President

    Stuart Altman is an Owner and serves as the Executive Vice President at Stavis Seafoods.  He is in charge of increasing the company's overall profitably, as well as managing fresh buying, overseeing Miami operations and sales and supervising the cash desk at the Boston processing facility.   Stuart also serves as the internal and external face of customer service, as he is often the go-to-guy for employees and customers with questions or concerns.  He is also essential in the training of employees on the company's Customer Service Promise and its "Stavis Way" initiative, the two founding principles on which the corporate culture is based.

    Stuart started his career at Merrill Lynch as a cashier in 1981.  He went through the Merrill Lynch training program and rose to sales associate and then account executive before leaving for Stavis in 1987.  He started at Stavis at the bottom, serving as a fish packer and learning the business from the ground up by training in multiple departments. Stuart was promoted to Operation Manager and focused on inventory control and working with sales to ensure efficient customer order fulfillment.  He later served as part of the Sales Management Team from 2010 to 2013, focused on driving new business opportunities.  During his tenure at Stavis, Stuart created an office for buying, cutting and quality control out of Miami and developed the cash desk sales program out of Boston.  He also helped bring in a number of new species of fresh seafood and increase fresh sourcing in his management role in fresh buying.

    Stuart earned a BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.  He is active in the community, including participating in community theatre and at numerous charity organizations.  He volunteers with the Boston Food Bank and Long Island Food Center and serves on the boards of the Temple Alyah Men's Club, Needham Little League Baseball and the Blue Water Fishermen's Association.  He is also the former president of the New England Seafood Producers Association.

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  • Emily Stavis

    Owner, Shrimp Buyer, Commodity Frozen Buyer & Import Manager

    Emily Stavis is an Owner and serves as the Shrimp Buyer, Commodity Frozen Buyer and Import Manager of Stavis Seafoods.  She ensures the profitability of the company by maintaining proper inventory and stocking of numerous seafood items and working closely with sales to ensure the company meets customer's needs.  In charge of all Shrimp Buying, a complicated and essential species for the company, Emily also manages the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Import Department.  Her duties as Import Manager include developing lasting relationships with vendors and ensuring the legitimate and legal sourcing of seafood from more than 50 countries.  She also maintains external and internal communication with employees, vendors and the FDA to expand Stavis' global sourcing capabilities and bring more seafood to the table for customers.

    Before joining Stavis, Emily served as an underwriter in the satellite lending division of Commonwealth Mortgage.  She joined the family business in 1986, training in multiple departments including buying, accounting, operations and sales.  She was promoted to the newly created Import/Export Manager position and developed the department from the ground up.  She also managed the Stavis plant as the company's Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2008.  In 2008, she took on the complex role of shrimp buying and now serves as the company's Shrimp Buyer, Commodity Frozen Buyer and Import Manager.

    Emily earned an International Relations Degree from the University of Delaware in 1984.  She is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Chestnut HillS chool and Newbury College.  She is also an active volunteer for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Charities.

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