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Meet the Owner

George McManus III is a native of Baltimore and has lived here his entire life. Being the youngest of four children, he learned at an early age that you have to work very hard for what you get. Hard work and determination have been the foundation of his success and those values are visible in the company and with its employees.

George attended Loyola University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in Business. It was during his time at Loyola that he started his career at J.J. McDonnell, working weekends and summers driving delivery trucks for the company. When he graduated from Loyola in 1980 he began working full-time at J.J. McDonnell. During these early years he experienced virtually every aspect of the operation including warehouse, deliveries, collections, sales and purchasing.

In 1984, J.J. McDonnell moved its operations from the Baltimore City Wholesale Fish Market to its current location in Jessup, Maryland. Shortly thereafter, in 1986, George purchased the small, yet thriving, company from his long-time mentor Willie Owens. At the time the company had 8 employees and 4 delivery trucks. Today the company has over 100 employees and nearly 25 trucks on the road! Through George's strong leadership and keen ability to cultivate young talent, J.J. McDonnell has grown into the premier wholesale seafood distributor in the region.

George is married to Laura and has two young children. When he's not working he enjoys exercising, gardening, traveling and spending time with his family. George is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and has been since 2000. During many of his YPO years he served as the Communication Chairman and Forum Chairman. In 2008 he transitioned from the YPO to the World Presidents Organization where he is an active member and forum Moderator.

George's philosophy for success in life, as well as business, is simple: Treat people with respect and honesty, work hard, and stay focused on what's important. With that, anything is possible!