John Fish

John Fish

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

John F. Fish is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. He is responsible for providing the vision and strategic direction of the company, maintaining and reinforcing the corporate culture, leading the national executive and management teams, and overseeing decisions regarding the organization’s capital expenditures. Under Mr. Fish’s leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the most successful privately held general building contractors in the country.  With approximately $2 billion in annual revenue, Suffolk is ranked #29 in the nation by Engineering News-Record, and is the largest builder in New England.

In addition to leading Suffolk, Mr. Fish serves on a number of Boards committed to the business agendas of the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts. He is the Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and is a founding member and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP)—he currently Chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee for that group. Mr. Fish has also played a leadership role in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games—he served as Chair of the Legislative Commission to study the feasibility of hosting the 2024 Olympics and currently serves as Chair of the Boston 2024 Partnership. Mr. Fish was selected as a delegate by Governor Deval Patrick for the Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Economy Partnership Mission and was appointed to the Economic Development Planning Council for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Fish has also served on many boards and executive committees to support important community, environmental and social organizations.  These include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Jobs for Mass, Private Industry Council, The Boston Green Ribbon Commission, The Salvation Army, Catholic Schools Foundation, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Fish heads up the Brigham & Women’s Hospital capital campaign, and is a member of the National Business Roundtable, and the Urban Land Institute.  Mr. Fish is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, the first non-alumnus to serve in that role. He is also a Trustee of Tabor Academy. 

As Chairman of the Red & Blue Foundation, Suffolk’s non-profit initiative, Mr. Fish has supported numerous philanthropic endeavors.  He also provides the vision, support, and day-to-day leadership behind the Boston Scholar Athletes program, which currently reaches 4,000 high school student-athletes in 19 Boston Public Schools.  Mr. Fish serves on the Board for Camp Harbor View. Additionally, Mr. Fish was named the 2011 National Association of Corporate Directors Non-Profit Director of the Year.

As a result of his community leadership and involvement, he ranked number one on Boston Magazine’s 2012 “50 Most Powerful People in Boston” list and was also featured on the magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy” list in 2013 and this year’s issue, “The Power of Ideas: 75 Bold Thinkers who are Shaping Our City (and the World).”

Mr. Fish recently received the prestigious Boston College “James F. Cleary Masters Award” which is awarded to fundraising volunteers who best exemplify fundraising creativity, dedication and leadership on behalf of the higher-ed institution. He was also the recipient of the Eileen and Jack Connors’ Founders Award for his work on improving Catholic education and Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s Henry L. Shattuck City Champion Award for his contributions to the public good. In 2011, he received the “Most Admired CEO” and the “Power 50” Most Influential Bostonians from the Boston Business Journal. He also received the "New Englander of the Year Award" from the New England Council and a special Public Service Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) recognizing his civic accomplishments. He received the Lewis Family Foundation "CEO Social Leadership Award" for his commitment to inner city children, and the Anti-Defamation League's "Torch of Liberty" award for his efforts in raising awareness around discrimination. He has been the recipient of the Tabor Academy "2008 Distinguished Service Award" for his generosity to the school's campus and students.

Mr. Fish is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  He received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Technology Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.