Roger Berkowitz, President & CEO

 

Roger started working in the family fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge at the age of 10 and held a variety of roles prior to becoming President and CEO in 1992.  Since taking the helm, he’s led the company’s growth and diversification.  He now oversees restaurant, retail and mail order divisions and steers the course for 4,000 employees.

Roger is currently a member of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee and the Regional Selection Panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Advisory Committee.  He is also a member and past President of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

In addition, Roger serves on many non-profit Boards including: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UNICEF and the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  He also serves on the leadership council at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Roger graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and attended executive education programs at Harvard Business School, University of London School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He holds an honorary master’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America and honorary doctorates from Johnson & Wales University, Newbury College, Salem State University, Nichols College and New England College of Business.

Among numerous awards and recognitions, Roger was named a James Beard Award winner in 2017, received the “Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Meritorious Service” from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was inducted into the ”Menu Masters Hall of Fame” by Nation’s Restaurant News.  He was also the recipient of the George Arents Award, which recognizes Syracuse University alumni for their achievements.

Roger is the co-host of “Name Brands,” a podcast series with CBS Boston and he co-wrote “The New Legal Sea Foods Cookbook.”  He was featured in the books “Dare to Lead! Uncommon Sense and Unconventional Wisdom from 50 Top CEOs” by Mike Merrill and “Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs” by Eric Yaverbaum.  

 

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