Seafood industry leader Tom Elliott dies


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
December 1, 2014

Thomas Elliott, a former executive at Slade Gorton & Co. and former chairman of the U.S.-based National Fisheries Institute (NFI), died over the weekend at his home in Belvedere, Calif. He was 76.

“With the passing of Tom Elliott, the seafood community remembers a giant but also celebrates his life in the industry,” NFI President John Connelly said in a statement today.

A native of Lombard, Ill., Elliott made his mark in the seafood industry by co-founding and running TEMA, a successful commodity seafood import brokerage company in San Francisco. He also served as a regional VP and general manager at Slade Gorton. He was president of the California Seafood Institute from 1977 to 1978, and chairman at NFI from 1988 to 1989. He followed with many years of service on NFI’s board of directors.

Elliott passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 29 surrounded by his family. Known to his friends as “Big Tom,” Elliott was a former college football star, earning two-time All American honors at the College of Marin in Illinois and later at the University of California at Davis. Through his adult life, he also raced yachts and played rugby, the latter noted by Connelly in the NFI statement.

“Whether in NFI board meetings, on Capitol Hill or the rugby pitch, Tom Elliot was a leader,” Connelly said. “Tom knew the importance of team and how to manage and inspire one. His influence and humor will be missed.”

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