Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders program is a unique hands-on program for industry professionals who are rising in their companies. No other setting combines this kind of in-depth exposure to such a diversity of issues along with the opportunity to network and learn with a small group of industry peers representing the leaders of today and tomorrow. Who should participate? Any individual who values education and leadership training will find this program invaluable as a tool for growth within our industry.

The application process for the 2020 Future Leaders program  is OPEN! The application deadline is January 27, 2020. The 2020 Future Leaders will visit: Washington, D.C./Williamsburg, VA; Tampa/Orlando, FL; Ketchikan, AK; and Seattle, WA; with an optional trip to Brussels for the European Seafood Show. Check out the video below from 2018 Future Leader class president, Laurel Raffan, Open Blue Cobia on why attending the optional session in Brussels was so beneficial. If you have any questions about the program, contact Gerrie Thomas at gthomas@nfi.org or 703.752.8888.


To promote future leaders in the industry through a year-long program consisting off our 2-day sessions designed to enhance knowledge and leadership skills in:

  • Production
  • Sales
  • Companies
  • Our industry

2020 Future Leaders Application Packet (PDF)
Class of 2020 Future Leader Bios(PDF)

View the highlights from each session during the 2019 Program:

Session I  Washington, DC/Williamsburg, VA
Session II  New Bedford, Massachusetts
Session III  Portland, Oregon
Session IV  Ketchikan, Alaska