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No matter how much success and growth Groomer’s Seafood has enjoyed, the essential role of the fisherman remains of utmost importance.
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Groomer's Seafood delivers fresh seafood to both retail and wholesale establishments.
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Groomer's Seafood President and CEO Rick Groomer said the demand for fresh shrimp, black drum, flounder, crab and mahi-mahi increases in the warmer months.
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Groomer's Seafood offers exclusive support to two dozen fishing families, Rick Groomer said.
In a business landscape full of corporate takeovers, longevity seems to be something that has been hopelessly lost at sea. Fortunately, a continuing commitment to excellence is reeled in every time the fishermen at Groomer’s Seafood lift their nets from the waves to bring yet another impressive catch.
That seafaring sense of adventure coupled with an unparalleled work ethic is what has made Groomer’s Seafood a successful company since the 1800s. Beginning out in the Gulf Waters of South Padre Island near Port Isabel, the family-owned company has now grown into an iconic enterprise that delivers an impressive selection of seafood to both retail and wholesale establishments. And while their business has faced several challenges, their mission of delivering the highest quality seafood remains steadfast, no matter how rough the seas may become.
Rick Groomer, the company’s President and CEO, is also known as the Codfather. Despite his tongue-in-cheek moniker, Groomer remains seriously focused on continuing the success of his family’s business. He attributes his unique sense of connection to the company to the fact that he has been a fisherman all his life. He fondly recalls his days as a young boy fishing with his dad and his brothers hoping for the next big catch. Rick Groomer’s incredible journey from the sandy seashore to the executive boardroom is due to his relentless sense of vision for the company that he and his family have worked so hard to build. But no matter how much success and growth Groomer’s Seafood has enjoyed, the essential role of the fisherman remains of utmost importance.
“We offer exclusive support to two dozen fishing families,” says Groomer. “We buy what they catch all year regardless of weather conditions or market fluctuations because our company prides itself in providing our fishermen with stability and consistency...it is something that we remain committed to because we are fishermen ourselves.”
That ability to remain connected to the experience of casting out a line in the hopes of reeling in a great catch has enabled the Groomer family to construct a truly unique business model that not only takes care of the fishermen who light out every day, but also the environment on which they depend to continue making a living.
“We are very proud of our dozen bi-catch programs that assure that everything we catch is not wasted,” reveals Groomer. “In addition to those types of programs, we also get involved with unique projects like the oyster reestablishment program with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, which helps restore balance to area waters.”
While Groomer admits that business is strong all year long, the demand for such delicious seafood as fresh shrimp, black drum, flounder, crab and mahi-mahi during the warmer months ahead keep him and his fishermen very busy casting lines, lowering nets and filling orders. But despite all of the hard work, Rick Groomer says that his family’s formula for success is actually fairly simple.
“When you put your name out there, you have to try twice as hard,” he says with a smile. “Especially when you have a family legacy that goes back over 120 years.”
By Jesse De Leon
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