Roger S. Berkowitz is the president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods, a Boston-based restaurant group that has over 30 restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard. He started working in his family's fish market in Inman Square (Cambridge, Massachusetts) at the age of ten and learned every aspect of the business until becoming president and CEO in 1992. He now oversees restaurant, mail order and retail operations.
Berkowitz is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Harvard Business School's OPM program, University of London School of Business Senior Executive Program and the Strategic Marketing Management Program at Stanford University. He also has experience as a journalist and a radio talk show host.
Berkowitz was inducted in the “Menu Masters Hall of Fame” by Nation’s Restaurant News (2008) and was named a James Beard semi-finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur (2009-2012). He was mentioned in the book Dare to Lead! Uncommon Sense and Unconventional Wisdom from 50 Top CEOs by Mike Merrill (Career Press), and Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs by Eric Yaverbaum (Dearborn Trade Publishing). Roger co-wrote The New Legal Sea Foods Cookbook, published in 2002 by Broadway Books.
Berkowitz serves on the boards of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, UNICEF, Boston Children's Museum, Environmental League of Massachusetts, Century Bank, Blue Frontier Campaign and the Northeast Seafood Coalition. He is a Trustee of Suffolk University and Salem State University, serves on the leadership council at the Harvard School of Public Health and its Nutrition Roundtable and is a member of the Board of Overseers at Brandeis International Business School. Appointed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, he sits on the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Panel. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and, since 2004, he has served on the Regional Selection Panel for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
In 2011, Berkowitz criticized the placement of several species of fish on the "avoid" list of the advocacy group, Seafood Watch, saying that much of the science around sustainable fisheries was "flawed" and "outdated." The Boston, Massachusetts Legal Sea Foods restaurant hosted a dinner where several such species were served. New sonar technology for seafood stock assessments Berkowitz espoused is being tested by the MA government this spring. Also relative to the fishing industry, Berkowitz leads the Sonar Project Ltd., and was appointed to the Special Commission Relative to Seafood Marketing by the Governor of Massachusetts. He received the “Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Meritorious Service” by The Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission.
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