March 12-14, 2023 | Boston, USA

Luke Holden

Luke Holden

Founder & Chief Executive Officer - Luke's Lobster

Biography

Luke grew up in Cape Elizabeth, ME – a third generation lobsterman. He attended college at Georgetown University, after which he moved to New York to start a career in investment banking. He was remiss to find that every lobster roll available was overpriced, drowning in mayo, and diluted with celery. He craved a real Maine-style roll and simply couldn’t find one. In 2009, Luke turned to his roots and longstanding relationship with the Maine lobstering community to cut out the middleman and bring Maine lobster to the heart of NYC. Luke’s Lobster has grown beyond New York City, with homes in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, Tokyo, Singapore and Maine. Luke’s Lobster chooses partners who uphold their commitment to sourcing superior, sustainable ingredients and strive to support other small businesses. Preserving our fisheries will forever remain at the core of the business. Luke’s Lobster is dedicated to the health of the shellfish in our waters and the fisherman who live off them, allowing for the success of future populations and ecosystems, and thus ensuring our oceans continue to exist as a key source of food and livelihood for people all over the world. In March of 2020, Luke’s launched an e-commerce business, shipping sustainable seafood direct to consumers across the US, continuing to source directly from fishermen in the Gulf of Maine. Luke sits on the board of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op, which he helped found. In 2018, Luke’s Lobster furthered its commitment to sustainability and socially conscious business practices by becoming a certified B Corporation®. The same year, Luke’s was named the Global Supplier of the Year by Whole Foods Market and received the Purpose Driven Empowerment award by the retailer. Luke’s Lobster is also part of the 2018 INC 5000 and Luke Holden has been named one of Real Leaders 2018 Top 100. Over the years, Luke has also been included on the Forbes’ 30 under 30, Inc 30 under 30, Zagat’s 30 under 30, and Crain’s 40 under 40, and was most recently interviewed on NPR’s How I Built This podcast. He lives in South Portland, Maine with his wife, Laisee and daughters, Poppy and Banks.

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