Boston-based Stavis Seafoods promoted three internal employees to director positions in sales, retail sales and logistics as the company expands its presence across multiple sales channels to serve its growing customer base.
Jessica Holmes, who was formerly sales manager with the company, was promoted to sales director.
Holmes has been with Stavis for more than 15 years, first joining as a sales account manager and now holding experience with every type of customer and channel Stavis manages.
Todd Rushing was promoted from retail sales manager to director of retail sales and Lori Smallwood was promoted from logistics manager to director of logistics.
Rushing is now responsible for identifying opportunities within retail sales and driving overall growth within the category. He formerly worked with meal-kit provider Hello Fresh, Eastern Fish, Berdex Seafood and ConAgra Foods.
Smallwood will oversee the company's international supply chain and manage logistics at both the Massachusetts facility and with the Vigo-based parent company Profand Group.
The takeover by Profand culminated in January 2021 with the departure of Richard Stavis, a third-generation member of the Stavis clan, which founded the company in 1929.
In January, Stavis hired 25-year food and seafood sales veteran Jeff Robertson as national accounts manager, in charge of growing the company's customer base in both retail and foodservice segments.
Stavis Seafoods has three facilities in and around the Boston area. The Stavis Fresh Center is located on the Boston waterfront, serving as the main processing facility for all the company's fresh fish out of Boston. Its corporate headquarters are located just down the road on Boston’s Fish Pier.
The company also operates a 40,000 square foot warehouse located in Peabody, Massachusetts, which serves as the primary home for its frozen seafood products.