Director of Marketing and Business Development, JJ McDonnell & Co.
As the Director of Marketing and Business Development at JJ McDonnell and Co., Steve works closely with artisanal fisheries and small farms to tell their stories. He leads a team that helps to build economic viability for the local fishing industry; they help companies to promote their products and support them as they educate the food service industry. Prior to that role he worked with commercial watermen to promote Maryland’s sustainable fisheries and to build economic viability for local fishers at the Maryland Department for Natural Resources. He has spent the past decade focused on bolstering conservation and education within the seafood industry.
You recently switched from a public to private company. What prompted the change?
What is your background in sustainable seafood?
What is the role of education in your work?
Where does Future of Fish fit in?
What excites you most about the future?
My new role opens up a whole new realm of products to work with and stories to tell. Not just the 5,500 fishers in the state of Maryland, but the guys in New Jersey or Gloucester or even Ohio. There’s so much more to learn about this industry and so much more to teach.