Fred was born in Sacramento, California and is a 49er fan. He went to University of Puget Sound majoring in Political Science. He became a commercial fisherman all along the west coast but mainly in Alaska for 30 years (yes, just like the guys on the deadliest catch). He came to the Vancouver's Farmers Market in 2002 as a vendor. Fred became a Board Member in 2004 through 2007 and was president from 2005-06. Currently he is a board member and the owner/operator of Mel Brooks' Fish n Chips at the VFM.