MEET THE KANSAS CITY TEAM
Seattle Fish Co. is the driving force behind the fresh seafood market in the Kansas City area and Midwest region, servicing a 12 state region of diversified customers. Each year, Seattle Fish Co. Kansas City processes and distributes over 3 million pounds of high-quality fresh and frozen seafood.
At the end of October 2015, Seattle Fish Co. moved from their original location in the East Bottoms neighborhood to a brand new, 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Riverside, MO. The new building provides additional space, more efficient lighting, and streamlined production flow. Thanks to the larger facility, Seattle Fish Co. has been able to increase its product line to include pasta, meats, oils, etc. and offer pick-up for smaller orders including the general public.
As Purchasing Manager for the Kansas City branch, Josh is responsible for overseeing and maintaining fresh product on a day-to-day basis. Josh works closely with vendors, sales representatives, and customers to ensure Seattle Fish sources the highest quality product tailored to our end consumer’s needs. He has been with Seattle Fish since April 2017 and brings with him a background in Supply Chain Management and Area Sales Management. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Accounting and is a proud Jayhawk. Outside of work, he enjoys running, riding his bike, cooking, and brewery tours.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Sustainability. Josh believes that fish is a staple in our world’s future, and is focused on maintaining and improving Seattle Fish’s focus on sustainably feeding our customers.
Jacquie has been with Seattle Fish Company since April 2004, and brings extensive experience to the Kansas City team. Jacquie has built a career in seafood spanning over 35 years, and is passionate about growing and maintaining strong relationships with customers. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Jacquie has grown to love the Kansas City area, its chefs and exploding food scene — in fact, it’s become hard for her and her husband to agree on a place to eat because there are so many great places to try. When she retires, Jacquie wants to travel the world with her husband and spend lots of time with their 13 grandchildren.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Sustainability. Jacquie loves that Seattle Fish Company is committed to supporting and protecting the world’s natural resources.
Scott Godke began his career with Seattle Fish Company in Denver, CO, immediately after graduating from the University of Missouri. He started in a Sales Support position and quickly climbed the ladder as one of the company’s top Representatives in Sales Production. In 2004, Scott accepted an opportunity to return to the Midwest and help launch the Seattle Fish Co. office in Kansas City. During his twenty-year tenure, Scott’s extensive experience in various departments including customer service, sales and purchasing, has created a unique understanding of the whole organization and how it functions. Currently, as Director of Operations, Scott works to ensure an efficient supply chain, from the point of origin to our customer’s tables. During this process the Operations Team manages all the logistics, inventory, receiving, storage, production, and distribution of Seattle Fish products.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Family. Scott believes family is #1, whether it’s his literal family (his wife, two daughters and a pair of huskies), or his SFC family. You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with.
Kim Johnson joined the Seattle Fish family in July 2018. Previously, Kim worked for a healthcare company and a local nonprofit as an Accounting Manager and Financial Accountant. Although she enjoys working with numbers, Kim’s passion outside of work is antiquing with her best friend and husband of 34 years. She also treasures spending time with her two sons and daughter-in-law. Kim is an active member of the Engagement Committee at Seattle Fish Company, and helps to plan and execute events and activities for all employees. She loves managing, mentoring and leading a team, but also values collaboration and learning from others.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Family & Philanthropy. This is where Kim’s heart and passion lies.
Taylor Laitsch joined the Seattle Fish Denver team in March 2017 after working at digital marketing firms as a Client Account & Project Manager for 5 years. Always having a love for food, she wanted to try her hand at representing a brand like Seattle Fish that cares about the quality and integrity of their products. Taylor recently relocated to the Kansas City office to be closer to family in the Midwest, and is responsible for the communications & marketing efforts of the entire organization. When she’s not at work, Taylor can be found trying a new restaurant in town, cooking up a new recipe, or working on pottery at the Belger Arts facility. She also enjoys yoga and getting outside with her lab mix, Ellie.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Customer. Taylor loves thinking of ideas to engage and connect with Seattle Fish Company’s customers, in person and digitally.
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Manager, Shannon Taylor, has been with Seattle Fish Company since February of 2018. She started her successful human resources career in Springfield, MO, before moving to Joplin, MO, and now resides in Kansas City. As HR Manager, Shannon is responsible for recruiting, benefits management, performance management, employee relations, and much more. She’s also an active member of the Human Resources Society in Kansas City and part of the Engagement and Community Action Teams at Seattle Fish Co. When she’s not at work, Shannon enjoys running, hunting and renovating homes.
Favorite SFC Core Value: Philanthropy. Shannon loves working for a company that believes in giving back to the local community.