Executive Leader Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Holloway Hall Auditorium
Reception to Follow-Social Rm
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- Steve Phillips’ family has been a part
of the seafood industry for 100 years, since the establishment of the AE
Phillips & Son seafood processing plant on the Chesapeake Bay in 1914.
Steve’s parents Brice and Shirley Phillips founded the family’s first restaurant
location in 1956, and Steve played an instrumental role in the company’s
expansion, growing the restaurant brand of company-operated and franchise
locations across the East Coast. Faced with the diminishing supply of crab
from the Chesapeake Bay in the 1980’s, Steve sought a new global source of crab.
He formed Phillips Foods in 1990, and is credited with establishing the blue
swimming crab industry across Southeast Asia.
The company currently operates an extensive network of crab and seafood
processing plants in Southeast Asia; these help ensure a dependable year-round
source for Steve’s own restaurants, as well as thousands of restaurants and
grocery stores across the country through the company’s retail and foodservice
divisions. Steve’s current focus is on establishing and encouraging an
industry-wide commitment to crab sustainability. His efforts have resulted
in major fishery improvement platforms including the NFI Crab Council and the
SFP Fishery Improvement Fund.
Sponsored by the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business,
admission to his talk is free and the public is invited. For more information
call 410-543-6119 or visit the SU website at