ASPA Member Feature: Lafitte Frozen Foods, Corp.
March 11, 2021
Lafitte Frozen Foods Corporation is a family-owned operation that has gained a solid reputation in the shrimp industry as one of the largest domestic processors in the United States. The impeccable approach to providing customers with a quality product for over three decades is attributed to the company’s dedicated team, which is comprised of a unique blend of cultures, innovators, out-of-the-box thinkers, and hard workers.
The history of the company goes back to its founder, Paul Poon, who emigrated to America from China with his wife in 1975 to give his family a better life. In this particular industry, nothing comes easy, but with a work ethic grounded in excellence and an unwavering hope to survive the waves of uncertainty, the American Dream is a possibility for anyone willing to do what’s necessary to make it happen.
Paul’s story is an impressive tale of tenacity from start to finish, but his humble and gracious demeanor would never allow him to boast about his success. That’s just not who he is. However, his sons, Raymond and Jason Poon, and nephew, Michael Chan, who are all very active in the family business, are happy to honor their father and uncle with accolades.
“I’m very proud of our father,” says Jason, treasurer. “This is not something that was given to him. He earned every single bit of everything he has today on his own. His brain is always moving, and he makes things happen.”
Raymond, senior vice president, adds: “We are very proud of my dad. He’s been through a lot, and we need to continue to build the legacy. He built this from scratch, and we need to continue to move it forward.”
Michael says Paul didn’t have much formal education, but that never stopped him from pursuing a better life: “The day he touched ground in the U.S., he didn’t know a single word of English,” he says. “An opportunity was given to him, and he fully cherishes every moment of it.”
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