Meet Our Management Team
Part of the third generation, Eric Caslow joined his family’s legacy at Acme Smoked Fish in 1972. He graduated Clark University in 1968 with a B.A. in History and furthered his History studies in graduate school. Eric then went on to become a history teacher within the New York Public School system. He found his true calling when he began working within the family business where he honed his knowledge in the nuances of quality seafood. Eric was appointed President in 1992 and can still be found today patrolling the production floor, examining every piece of fish. Not only is Eric the family historian and avid golfer, but also a proud grandfather of seven.
Executive Vice President
Along with his brother, Robert Caslow has led Acme for over 40 years. Robert graduated with a degree in business management from Bryant College in 1970. Dedicated to the trade, Robert “graduated on Friday, and came to work that Monday”. He continues to be involved in the sales and distribution of Acme’s products throughout the United States, regularly communicating with customers and distributors. Robert previously served on the board of UJA Federation - New York, is a current Mt. Sinai Hospital Volunteer Ambassador, and a routine Central Park Greensward Guide. When not at Acme or volunteering, Robert is an avid skier, outdoorsman, and grandfather.
David Caslow is the fourth-generation owner-operator of Acme Smoked Fish. After studying history at Union College, David joined Acme in 1996 working nearly every job at Acme. David identified opportunities for growth by re-configuring the smoked salmon slicing department for improved efficiency and capacity. This experience led him to design, construct, and commission Acme’s state-of-the-art smoked salmon plant in Wilmington, NC. In 2015, David brought the dream of Acme Chile to reality, continuing Acme’s top focus on food safety and quality supply chain. David’s progressive ideas and multi-generational experience have shaped Acme into the industry leader of smoked seafood. If he’s not at Acme, you can find David rooting for his four children’s various sports and activities.
Adam Caslow is the fourth-generation co-CEO of Acme. Adam received a B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2005 and went on to work within the food and beverage department of The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, CO. In 2007, Adam moved to Pompano Beach, FL to facilitate Acme’s acquisition of Great American Smoked and form Acme Smoked Fish of Florida, LLC. In 2008, Adam led an implementation of a new ERP system for Acme to enhance Acme’s traceability program and yield monitoring. “One of my favorite parts of the job is speaking with our Fish Friday customers and hearing how our products are a part of family celebrations all over the world.”
Away from the smokehouse, Adam enjoys all outdoor athletic pursuits, traveling abroad, and exploring great New York City restaurants.
Chief Sales Officer
Buzz Billik pursued a career in the seafood industry quickly following his college years at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1977. Summers and school vacations spent aboard commercial fishing vessels in RI led to a job in the Fulton Fish Market, and in 1980 he accepted an entry-level position with an established Brooklyn smokehouse. Within five years, Buzz was made Junior Partner and for the next 20 years worked diligently to build the business and establish himself as a knowledgeable, respected figure within the smoked seafood industry. His experience in the industry has included a decade of summers in Alaska procuring salmon and numerous trips to Norway, the Faroe Islands and Chile. He served on several industry committees, including Regional V.P. of the National Fisheries Institute. Following the sale of his company in 1998, Buzz joined the Acme senior management team where he has been instrumental in expanding the business and forming a strong sales force. Responding to the needs of the business, Buzz has been able to utilize his wealth of experience to cultivate a strong national, as well as international, following for the company.
Chief Financial Officer
Eduardo joined the Acme Smoked Fish Corp family in 2007 after holding several positions with Fortune 100 companies. Eduardo majored in Industrial Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and later earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He began his career at 3M, where he led project teams in Sales & Marketing, Technical Services, and Manufacturing Engineering. In 2001, Eduardo moved to BASF Corporation where he held several leadership positions in the finance department across several global offices. Since joining Acme Smoked Fish Corp, Eduardo has implemented a number of changes to streamline processes. Eduardo's goal is to be the best "wingman" he can be to the organization. When not running the trails of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Eduardo can be found manning the cheese station at the Park Slope Food Coop.
Chief Operating Officer
Gabriel’s responsibility for strategic development at Acme includes identifying, researching, and executing growth opportunities and strategic alliances to support the company in collaboration with operating business units. He also evaluates products/services to identify new opportunities, provides business planning support, and oversees industry markets for competitive analysis. Gabriel oversees and develops Acme’s corporate and product branding from design to execution. Prior to his current role, Gabriel was the Director of Quality Assurance / R&D at Acme Smoked Fish. With over 14 years experience in the food industry, Gabriel made significant contributions to the safety and quality of Acme’s products and processes. His role continues to include planning, developing, and implementing policies and establishing objectives for all organization’s, food safety, quality control and regulatory functions in accordance with company objectives. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from Cornell University and an MBA from NYU Stern. He is an active professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and fluent in Spanish. In his free time, Gabriel participates in endurance sports completing marathons in Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and New York as well as TWO Ironman Distance Triathlons in Lake Placid.
Vice President - Northeast Sales
Richie’s career at Acme Smoked Fish has taken several iterations over the past 25 years. He began working part time in 1992 at Fish Friday until he completed his degree with a B.S. in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. Richie joined Acme full-time in 1996 and has held a variety of roles for a growing company from truck driver, to production supervisor, to packaging designer until he became the General Manager in 2005. In 2016, Richie transitioned to the role of Vice President of Northeast Sales. Richie performs guitar/keyboard/vocals with his band Rock Steady in his spare time. Additionally, he is a world class fisherman (sticking to the story that his greatest catch is his beautiful wife, Amy), and proud father of three.
Vice President of Human Resources
Jean joined the Acme family in 2014, initially focused on recruiting and human resource practices for our new processing facility in North Carolina. Her prior work experiences are with DuPont and Invista, where she held leadership positions in Accounting, IT, and Operations before transitioning to Human Resources over 15 years ago. Jean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Clemson University. With a goal of efficient work processes, she is developing corporate HR programs to support business growth and harmonize HR practices. She finds value in supporting management on human resource-related issues, acting as both an employee champion and change agent. Jean is a proud mother of two adult sons. She enjoys spending time with family, walks on the beach, and playing a little tennis in her spare time.