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Seattle Fish Co. CEO named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

James Iacino is the Family Business Award winner in the Mountain Desert region

ColoradoBiz Staff //July 14, 2016//

Seattle Fish Co. CEO named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

James Iacino is the Family Business Award winner in the Mountain Desert region

ColoradoBiz Staff //July 14, 2016//

James Iacino, president and CEO of Seattle Fish Co, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the family business category in the Mountain Desert region.

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Iacino was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex on June 23, 2016.

James Iacino, the grandson of Mose Iacino, founder of Seattle Fish Co., represents the third generation of the Iacino family to own and operate the company. As the leader of one of the largest seafood distributors in the West, James Iacino oversees the strategy and culture of Seattle Fish Co. and ensures that the company maintains its steadfast commitment to the principles that have guided the company for more than 97 years.

“I am humbled and honored for this incredible recognition and proud of our passionate and dedicated team that continue to drive our growth and work hard to sustainably feed people every day,” Iacino said.

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As a Mountain Desert region award winner, Iacino is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2016. The U.S. Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2017.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Mountain Desert region, sponsors also include Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Colliers International, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. and the Denver Business Journal.

About Seattle Fish Co.

Since 1918, Seattle Fish Co. has been supplying restaurants, hotels, caterers and grocers throughout Denver and the Rocky Mountain area with the finest fresh and frozen seafood. As the region’s largest supplier, Seattle Fish Co. brings its clients value and selection that are second to none—along with the personal service of a three-generation, family-owned business. And as a certified Marine Stewardship Council supplier, the company is committed to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices, from catch to consumer. More on Seattle Fish Co. can be found on the official website.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year makes a difference by encouraging entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY

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