Kelly Phillips joined the Seattle Fish Human Resources team in May 2021, quickly acclimating to the role and becoming a pivotal member of our SFC family. In fact, if you’ve applied for a job at Seattle Fish in the last year, chances are one of the first people you interacted with was Kelly!
Originally from Maryland, Kelly moved to Denver in 2017 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from Towson University. She has worked in HR-related roles since 2015.
As Senior Human Resources Coordinator, Kelly’s main job responsibilities include encouraging employee retention, acting as the main point of contact for all employee benefit enrollment questions/concerns, conducting new employee orientation, recruiting for active role openings and handling any day-to-day HR responsibilities to best assist our employees and leadership at Seattle Fish.
In her first year in the role, Kelly’s most memorable project that she worked on was the organizational acquisition of SFC by Armand Agra. “This event required me to be involved in logistics to keep the department organized,” said Kelly. ”The most important item was to ensure that our employees were comfortable during the transition and that all their questions were answered. This ultimately gave me new opportunities to experience what an acquisition entails as well as work hands-on with responsibilities I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to.”
“We are so lucky to have Kelly on our HR team,” says Sarah Carfield, HR manager. “She is a warm and welcoming presence, and is always ready to support our team with a positive attitude. Our employees feel comfortable speaking to her about their benefits, work life, or just how their day is going. She’s great at working with people, which is something nearly impossible to teach. Though she already has a lot of responsibilities, she is always eager to learn and take on anything else she can. I can’t wait to see what else she accomplishes at SFC!”
Get to know Kelly Phillips better by reading her Q&A below!
What were you the most excited about joining the Seattle Fish team?
I immediately saw the opportunity to grow as an HR professional and expand on my occupational skills. SFC’s culture is a culture that I saw myself fitting into from day 1 and I have such a great respect for the sustainable mission that Seattle Fish carries in their business.
What are your favorite ways to unwind outside of work?
I love spending time outside with my husband Ryan and my dog Maverick. Some of the things that I enjoy doing in my free time are trying new breweries, attending concerts, and going on hikes.
You know we have to ask… What’s your favorite seafood? How do you like to prepare it?
I have always enjoyed seafood because I am from the east coast, but at the moment, my favorite seafood dish is a baked salmon with a caper and dill sauce (chef’s kiss).