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Jim Gossen has been an innovative and tireless leader for the recovery and improved sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico’s seafood industry. His 43-plus-year career in the restaurant, seafood processing, manufacturing and distribution business includes owning and operating six restaurants in Louisiana and Houston and founding Louisiana Foods Global Seafood Source, Texas’ largest seafood processing, manufacturing and distribution company. Since the purchase of his company by Sysco Corporation in 2012, 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 Advisory Board and founding member of Foodways Texas. He also serves on the Boards of The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Gulf Seafood Institute, Gulf Seafood Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Southern Food & Beverage Institute.