John F. Fish is the Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company. Under his vision and leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the leading privately held general building contractors in the country. With approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue, Suffolk is currently ranked #34 on the Engineering News-Record national list of “Top 400 Contractors.”
John is a fixture on numerous Boards focused on improving the economy and raising the competitiveness of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is the Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, founding member and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), and Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. He was appointed to the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council and Israel Innovation Economy Partnership Mission by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
John is Chair of the Boston 2024 Partnership which is pursuing a bid for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, an effort he believes could redefine and transform the City of Boston for future generations. He also chairs the Brigham and Women’s Hospital “Life. Giving. Breakthroughs.” capital campaign committed to raising $1 billion to help transform the future of medicine. He is the Chairman of the Board at Boston College, the first non-alumnus to ever fulfill that role, and he is a Trustee at the prestigious private school Tabor Academy. John also serves on Jobs for Mass, Urban Land Institute, Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the National Business Roundtable.
John is committed to helping underprivileged inner-city kids succeed through education and innovative programming. He is the founder and Chairman of Scholar Athletes, a program that leverages the proven link between school athletics participation and strong academic performance to improve the academic performance of 4,000 high school students in the Boston Public Schools. He recently expanded Scholar Athletes to Springfield, Massachusetts and has ambitious plans to broaden its scope throughout the East and West Coasts. He also serves on the Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Catholic Schools Foundation and Camp Harbor View.
As a result of his leadership and involvement in the local community, John was ranked number one on Boston Magazine’s 2012 “50 Most Powerful People in Boston” list, was featured in that publication’s “25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy” list in 2013, and was included on its list of “75 Bold Thinkers who are Shaping Our City (and the World)” in 2014. He received “Most Admired CEO” recognition by the Boston Business Journal and was included on that business publication’s POWER 50 List in 2014.
John has received numerous awards and has been formally recognized by many organizations for the positive impact he has made on the Commonwealth’s economy, community and quality of life. He received the Eileen and Jack Connors’ Founders Award for his work on improving Catholic education, Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s Henry L. Shattuck City Champion Award for his overall contributions to the public good, and the “James F. Cleary Masters Award” for his fundraising leadership on behalf of Boston College. 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.
John 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.