Haruyo (Kusano) Hagel was born in 1948 in Niigata, Japan. She came to the United States while quite young. She has worked in book keeping, sales, and other areas. She met Jack in 1979, and they married in 1982. She is the mother of two children, and works for Pacific Ocean Foods in an administrative capacity.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1954, Jack Hagel never expected to
be in the fish business/seafood industry. As a curious, intelligent and open-minded young man, Jack turned his back on the lucrative family construction business, and explored religious paths instead. He embarked on a remarkable journey across the United States, into the Soviet Union, and through many countries of Europe and Asia. He lived as a pauper and ascetic until well into
his thirties. Along the way, he met
Haruyo, his companion, through an
arranged marriage. They are still
together today, along with two
A key member the Pacific Ocean Foods family. Marcelo has spent more than 25 years in seafood processing and sales. He has worked in Denmark, Italy, Argentina and Spain, and offers expertise in the markets of Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal. He has spent enough time in Alaska to learn the ins and outs of quality and the production side of Alaskan seafood.
Every day he is on the docks of local cold storages speaking with buyers and sellers and inspecting the myriad seafood items entering Spain from the world's oceans. He keeps a tight relationship with some of the largest catcher-processors in Spain, and is able to supply the USA Market with a wide range of seafood from these sources.
Currently he is the foremost local authority on wild Alaskan salmon, and specializes in the markets of Spain and Portugal. Marcelo works tightly with the local Alaska Seafood Marketing agency, in Spain promoting Alaskan Seafood for the last twenty years. If you ever have a problem with our seafood products anywhere in Europe, MC will be at your door to resolve it within hours.
Phil Yohann brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the Pacific Ocean Foods family. Phil is particularly valued for his contributions in product inspection and his procurement skills, which allows us to represent the products we offer and sell with reliability and accuracy.
In 1971 Phil went to Alaska on a King Crab boat and continued crab fishing in the Bering Sea until the summer of 1983. That fall he was offered a sales position with Cascade Food Sales where he worked until he took a national sales position with Transpacific Seafoods in 1986. In 1988 he started Seafood Associates, which focused on domestic sales and seafood production consulting. Over the next 10 years his consulting took him to Russia 3 times, numerous trips to Alaska, Eastern Canada, England and Morocco. In 1998 he took a sales position with E&E Foods in Seattle until 2007.
Since then he has remained at Seafood Associates focusing on sales, procurement, inspection services and production consulting and frequently collaborates with the Pacific Ocean Foods team. Every day Phil is seeking valuable opportunities for our buyers, and often can be found at local cold storages in and around Seattle, happily poking his cold nose and other tools into frozen seafood while upon his many inspection forays.