One of the things that makes this company great is the team we have put together of hard working, passionate and driven individuals. Many of which work more behind the scenes creating the seafood we all know and love. We want to take this opportunity to highlight some of these incredible humans.
Jamie Bellefueille: Ninilchik Onsite Manager
Jamie is originally from Northwest Wisconsin, growing up on the border of farmland and logging country. In 2017, he started living on the bluff in Clam Gulch, AK overlooking the majestic Cook Inlet. Being from Midwest farm county, he moved to Alaska to be near the mountains and ocean and seeking the adventure and freedom of living in Alaska.
Jamie started with KRFC in May 2020 and serves as the Onsite Manager running our facility and processing plant in Ninilchik. He loves teaching and sharing his experience with the younger crew members and contributing to the local community and economy.
Jamie is our renaissance man who seems capable of doing just about everything and when not working for KRFC has a love of woodworking and collecting antique tools.
Thank you Jamie for all that you do to help make Kenai-Red FC what it is today!
Skyler Weinstein: Processing Supervisor
Sky was raised in Portland but currently lives in Bend attending school to pursue his BS in Forestry / Nature Resources.
He started with KRFC as part of our Alaska crew in 2020 and returned for his second season in Ninilchik during the Summer of 2021. He plays an important role as part of our processing team mastering the art of cutting fish on the line.
Sky is an outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys fishing, camping and skiing.
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Josh Kaleel: Production Associate
Josh is another Portland native. He started with KRFC a few years ago working our Portland area farmer’s markets and packaging and delivering shares to our customers.
Josh spent the Summer of 2020 working on a setnet fishing site for one of our fishing partners where he gained valuable experience harvesting salmon for KRFC. In the Summer of 2021 Josh joined our Ninilchik processing operation specializing in the packaging / vacuum packing of salmon among other roles. He is also our director of photography.
Josh is another outdoor guy who loves fishing, foraging and environmentalism as a whole.
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Josh Jackson: Production Associate
Josh moved to Alaska 20 years ago and lives near our processing plant in Ninilchik.
He joined KRFC in the Summer of 2021, but has a long history around the Cook Inlet fisheries having served as a deckhand on setnet sites as well as with drifters and seiners. Josh has become a valuable part of our processing operations working up and down the line in many roles.
He is a resourceful Alaskan that loves snow machines, ice fishing, moose hunting and even taps birch trees to make syrup. Josh is also known to bring in some great meals for the crew and is the proud father of 7 and 9 year-old boys.
Josh- We are so grateful to you on our team. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making our products great.
Charlie Knott: Production Associate
Yet another crew member from our Portland pipeline, Charlie joined KRFC in the Summer of 2021. He is part of our processing crew focused on packaging our portions.
Charlie studies environmental studies at the University of Redlands in California and is known as a tremendous snowboarder and surfing.
Charlie- We are so thankful you joined the team this summer! You are a great addition to the KRFC team!
Clint (Skiffman) Benson: Founder
Clint (or Skiffman, as we call him) founded Kenai-Red Fish Company in 2013. But the story really started back when Clint was an adventurous college student who hitchhiked to Alaska to explore the “last frontier.” It didn’t take long for Clint to carve out his own commercial enterprise on the famous Kenai Peninsula, introducing a new service of transporting salmon caught in the Cook Inlet using large skiffs. The fishermen could count on Clint’s “skiff tenders” to unload their boats faster and get back out to catch more salmon. And thus, the legend of Clint “Skiffman” Benson was born. After years of raising a family with his wife Barbara, and a professional career in Portland, Clint’s early experience in Alaska came full circle decades later when he founded Kenai-Red. As our founder, Clint has an unwavering belief in running an ethical business shaped by his personal values and the principles of the Community Supported Fishery (CSF) movement.
Allison Benson Jones: CSF Coordinator & Head of Operations
Allison, Clint’s youngest of three daughters, has been with the family business since its origin in 2013. At that time, she was living in New Orleans but would spend her Summers in the Rose City spearheading operations part-time. As the company grew, Allison took on a full-time role as our CSF Coordinator and Head of Operations. Allison wears many hats and can be found directing the action for our Portland area farmer’s markets, serving as the face of the company to individual share members, buying clubs, corporate accounts and CSA partners. She is also instrumental in all of the company’s marketing programs. A big congrats is in order as she is a newlywed to her incredible husband Peter Jones!
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