Staff and Board

Staff

Margaret Henderson – Executive Director

Margaret Henderson, Executive Director

Margaret Henderson, Executive Director

Margaret Henderson is the current owner of Miami’s Henderson Strategies, Inc., a government relations consulting firm specializing in federal outreach and issue advocacy. Since 2011, Henderson has worked with numerous Gulf-focused seafood groups including: the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, the Gulf Oyster Industry Council, the Louisiana Oyster Task Force and the Friends of the Fishermen Foundation.

Before venturing out on her own, she was the Vice President of Government Relations for the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), a seafood trade association advocating on behalf of over 300 seafood firms. During her time at NFI, she worked closely with former NFI Chairman Mike Voisin, a renowned Gulf seafood champion, to help ensure the Gulf seafood community received more than 100 million in federal emergency appropriations following the 2005 disastrous hurricane season.

 


Board of Directors

Harlon Pearce, President – Owner of Harlon’s LA Fish – NOAA Advisory Council Member – Louisiana 

Harlon Pearce, Owner, Harlon's LA Fish

Harlon Pearce, Owner, Harlon’s LA Fish

Adversity is no stranger to Harlon Pearce. As the former chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board he successfully navigated disaster after disaster for the state’s 12,000 commercial fisherman, seafood processors and the Louisiana Seafood Brand. He has been a powerful force in unifying the diverse interests of Louisiana’s commercial fisheries and ensuring their future prospects in the marketplace.

The Louisiana native has worked tirelessly in the position as co-chair of the Louisiana Fishing Community Recovery Coalition since Hurricane Katrina, securing aide and funding for restoration of the seafood industry, and its fishermen, in the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

Pearce is the managing member of Harlon’s LA Fish in New Orleans. He serves on the executive committee of the Gulf Coast Marketing Coalition. He is also the acting Chair of the Friends of the Fishermen’s Foundation, a trustee for the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation as well as a Louisiana designee on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.


Jim Gossen, Vice President – Chairman, Sysco Louisiana Seafood – Texas

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Jim Gossen, Chairman, Sysco Louisiana Seafoods

Jim Gossen has been an innovative and tireless leader for the recovery and improved sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood industry.  His 40-plus-year career in the restaurant, seafood processing and distribution business includes owning and operating six restaurants in Louisiana and Houston and founding Louisiana Foods Global Seafood Source, Texas’ largest seafood processing and distribution Company. Since the purchase of his company by Sysco Corporation, Gossen serves as chairman of Sysco Louisiana Seafood.

Gossen has been the  recipient of numerous accolades including; EPA’s Gulf Guardian Award, My Table’s Legends of the Industry, Southern Living’s Heroes of the New South Awards and is one of Cooking Light’s 20 Food Heroes in America.

Gossen is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance and a founding member of  Foodways Texas. He also serves on the Boards of The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Friend’s of the Fisherman and the Advisory Board of the SoFAB Institute.


Johnny Greene, Secretary – Sport-Fishing Captain – Alabama

Johnny Greene, Sport-Fishing Captain

Johnny Greene, Sport-Fishing Captain

Johnny Greene has been fishing for as long as he can remember.  As an Alabama charter boat captain his passion has been seeing the smile a fish on the end of a line brings. During his career he has worked in both the commercial and recreational fishing. In 1996 he established his current business in Orange Beach.

With an understanding of the needs of both commercial and recreational fishermen, Greene has been active in fisheries management in the Gulf, testifying numerous times before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meetings. He is a member of  the Gulf Coast Seafood Coalition.


David Krebs, Jr. – President and Owner, Ariel Seafoods – Florida

David Krebs, Jr., President and Owner, Ariel Seafood

David Krebs, Jr., President and Owner, Ariel Seafood

Fishing in South America from 1989 to 1991, the 63-foot Jonathan T is a constant reminder David Krebs, Jr. is serious about the seafood business his father, David Krebs Sr., started as a trucking company in 1981. Ariel Seafoods operates out of Destin and Sebastian, Florida. It unloads as far west as Louisiana. As a wholesale operation, Ariel provides daily fresh catch from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Krebs has served on the Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota Advisory Panel for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and has been to New Zealand and British Colombia to study their catch share fishery management systems. . In addition he has served on the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Limited-Access Privilege Program Advisory Panel, the King Mackerel Individual Fishing Quota Advisory Panel and as President of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance.


Michael Kelly – Director of Business Development, CLS America – Washington, D.C.

Michael Kelly, Director of Business Development, CLS America

Michael Kelly, Director of Business Development, CLS America

Michael Kelly is the Director of Business Development at CLS America, Inc., a global leader in satellite data communication. Michael manages CLS America’s three business domains: environmental monitoring, vessel monitoring and marine markets, and sensitive security programs.

Kelly is pioneering new methods for real-time fisheries data collection and display in response to new management requirements for better fisheries data and leading in the creation of new satellite enabled data collection platforms in M2M markets. He is a former fisheries observer and senior manager at NOAA and has an extensive background in fisheries science and management.


Dr. Nancy Thompson, Ph.D. – Visiting Director, Keys Marine Laboratory – Florida

Dr. Nancy Thompson, Ph.D., Visiting Director, Keys Marine Laboratory

Dr. Nancy Thompson, Ph.D., Visiting Director, Keys Marine Laboratory

Dr. Nancy Thompson, Ph.D., is currently a Visiting Director of the Keys Marine Laboratory and Courtesy Research Professor at the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida.

Thompson has served as the Science and Research Director of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center headquartered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. During the BP oil spill the agency sent her to lead efforts to rapidly assess, test and report findings about risks posed to fish in the Gulf of Mexico by contaminants from the BP oil spill and cleanup activities.

Thompson also served as NOAA’s acting Director of the Office of Science and Technology.


Frank Randol, Owner – Randol’s Restaurant and Seafood Processing – Louisiana 

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Frank Randol, Owner, Randol’s Restaurant and Seafood Processing

The spirit of Randol’s Restaurant is deeply rooted in the values and traditions of Cajun culture and known worldwide as a Gulf Seafood haven. Accord to Frank Randol, taking care of the food we eat takes cares of us. Each day trucks deliver fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and Randol’s raises its own crawfish and crabs.

Randol currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Crawfish Processors where he has  very involved with H-2B legislation. He has also served on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board representing the crawfish industry.

 


Robert Gill – Owner, Shrimp Landing Seafood – Florida

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Robert Gill, Owner, Shrimp Landing Seafood

With more than 20 years of shipbuilding experience, Robert Gill purchased a fish house on the west coast of Florida. The diversified dockside wholesale and retail seafood business ships fresh and frozen seafood throughout U.S. and Canada. Recognizing the changing regulations had a significant influence on his business, Gill has participated extensively in fishery management at the local, state and federal levels.

Gill has represented Florida on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, serving as Chairman in 2011-2012. Since leaving the council, he has served on various advisory panels.  He currently  sits on the Gulf of Mexico Scientific and Statistical Committee. During his career he has served as CEO of Cedar Key Fish and Oyster Company, as well as president of Krizman Forge.


Corky Perret – Gulf Council Member – Mississippi

William S. “Corky” Perret, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

William S. “Corky” Perret, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

William S. “Corky” Perret has served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council for more than 26 years, first as a Louisiana agency designee, then Mississippi. Perrett has more than 45 years of professional experience in scientific and marine science.  He is published regularly in numerous fisheries publications and has been the recipient of various conservation awards.

Perret recently retired from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources where he seved as deputy director.  He began his career working with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries marine laboratory.


Jennifer Jenkins – Manager, Crystal Seas Seafood – Mississippi

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Jennifer Jenkins, Manager, Crystal Seas Seafood – Mississippi

As manager of Crystal Seas Seafood in Pass Christian for the past 12-years, Mississippi, Jennifer Jenkins knows seafood – especially oysters. Her fast-growing business, which has operations in both Mississippi and Louisiana, processes oysters to sell to distributors both nationally and internationally.

Since Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, she has been a strong voice for her industry and Gulf of Mexico seafood.   Whether testifying at town hall meetings held by Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker or giving interviews to National Public Radio, Jenkins know the importance of keeping the Gulf seafood messaging on track and in the public eye.

Jenkins spend time working on H2B legislation, the U.S. program for temporary employment by foreign nationals, what she calls “her passion”. She is graduate of East Carolina University and has served on the Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce.


Raz Halili – General Manager, Prestige Oysters – Texas

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Raz Halili, General Manager, Prestige Oysters – Texas

As general manager of Prestige Oyster, the world’s largest oyster shipping company located on the waters of Galveston Bay in Texas, Raz Halili operates a business that grew from a one-boat operation into a successful seafood distribution business with a focus on oysters.

Halili, a graduate of Houston Baptist University, works with an in-house team of more than 50 professionals, spread between two processing plants and several dock operations. Prestige offers fresh and frozen oysters to customers all over the United States, and sells oysters under the company’s flagship brand, as well as to other processors.

Over the years, Prestige had developed a reputation for taste, quality and food safety.



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