In the 1980s and 1990s other foreign markets grew as the airline industry grew, and Stokes Fish began to sell salmon
from not only Canada and Chile but also from Scotland and Norway. Lake Trucking continued to grow as well and began
to move more and more seafood products for other companies from Florida throughout the Midwest and other parts of
the United States.
In 2003 Stokes Fish built a new state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot refrigerated and frozen distribution center in
Leesburg, Florida to better service its growing needs and to comply with the FDA’s HACCP rules and regulations, and
we’ve continued to make improvements to keep the facility compliant and up to date with all HACCP, SQF and FSMA
In 2010 Beryl “Sonny” Stokes Jr. recognized that in order to carry on his family and company’s legacy, he needed
to develop a succession plan. In 2012 a plan was developed to transition the management and ownership from the
Stokes family to a longtime friend and consultant to the company for over thirty years, Ted Brozanski. Ted has
become the President and CEO of the companies. He and his wife Margie, who is the General Manager and Vice President
of Sales for Stokes Fish, work long hours and run both companies, which have grown over 1000% since 2012. Ted’s
background before buying Stokes Fish and Lake Trucking was in management consulting, specializing in logistics and
management processes, and Margie’s background was in sales management in the medical industry.
Stokes Fish Company and Lake Trucking have been recognized for many achievements by local, state, national and private
organizations such as Smithfield Foods Carrier of the Year, Best Large Business Leesburg, Florida, Community Service
Award Leesburg Florida, and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Finalist Awards.