Networking — Detlef Schrempf
Detlef Schrempf is, unofficially, the tallest person to ever appear in SeaFood Business. Standing 6-foot-10, Schrempf is a former NBA power forward who laced ‘em up for the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Seattle Supersonics and Portland Trail Blazers over the course of 16 seasons. Since his playing days ended in 2001, Schrempf has been anything but retired.
The Detlef Schrempf Foundation, which he founded while playing in Seattle, supports children’s charities in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, he became partner and director of business development at Coldstream Capital, a wealth management firm in Bellevue, Wash.
Schrempf, 51 and the father of two, was born and raised in what was once known as West Germany but played college basketball at the University of Washington in the early 1980s and has lived in the United States ever since. It wasn’t until later in his pro career that food became more than simply a means to muscle up for his nightly battles on the hardwood. Nutrition has become his passion — he is a founding member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) in Washington, D.C., and sees greater public awareness of the health benefits linked with seafood consumption as tying in nicely with his charitable endeavors. Schrempf recently spoke at a Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) gathering in Miami, lending the group some much-needed “presence in the paint.”