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Family Business Legacy Series: SHARED VISION AND ENACTING CHANGE: HARBOR WHOLESALE FOODS

  • Davis Wright Tremaine 1201 Third Ave, Suite 2200 Seattle, WA 98101 (map)

7:30 - 8:00 am | Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 am | Program

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SHARED VISION AND ENACTING CHANGE: HARBOR WHOLESALE FOODS
Featuring Mike and Justin Erickson

Harbor Wholesale Foods (then named West Coast Produce Company) was founded in 1923 by Carl Erickson, as a supplier of fresh food to logging camps in the Grays Harbor region. It is now one of the fifteen largest private
companies in the state of Washington, catering to convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurants.


The business has experienced rapid growth in the last fifteen years both organically and through acquisition. Growth was not a vision universally shared by all family members, however. Mike Erickson, the third-generation chairman of the board of Harbor Wholesale, and his son Justin, the CEO of the business, led a buyout of family owners who were less comfortable with the expansion objectives, facilitating both management and ownership transition and accelerating the direction of growth.

Please join Mike and Justin as they discuss how achieving shared family goals can be instrumental to the success of the family business.

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