Apogee Awards Honorees: Scott Harris
Meet Scott Harris of DeliverLean, an honoree in the Manufacturing category at the 2020 Apogee Awards
Scott Harris is the founder and CEO of DeliverLean, Florida’s most trusted healthy gourmet meal delivery service and large-scale food manufacturer. Since inception, Harris scaled his boutique meal delivery service into a food manufacturing behemoth with 300-plus employees, producing over 10 million meals annually in Hollywood, Florida out of a 60,000 square foot USDA/FDA-certified commercial kitchen.
Fun fact: I dabble in competitive poker.
What is your favorite South Florida dining destination? The dining scene in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale have grown throughout the years. I love Milos, Komodo, Makoto, Ember and Prime 112 in Miami. In Fort Lauderdale, Steak 954 and El Vez at the W Hotel are my go-tos.
What do you like to do on weekends? I love to go fishing and love taking my boat out on the weekends. It’s very relaxing and I enjoy being on the water.
How do you unwind from a long day at work? When I get home, I like to cook a nice meal and take in the views of Fort Lauderdale from the balcony. I also enjoy working out, running and working with a trainer. I also enjoy playing golf and tennis.
What is your favorite quote?“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” —Michael Jordan
From whom, or what, do you draw inspiration? I am truly inspired by my team every day. The DeliverLean team has really helped the company accomplish so much and where we are today. Without the tireless effort our team dedicates every day, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? This year (2020) has been the most challenging as it has for many others in the community and around the world. We realized we had to help the community, and, during the onset of COVID-19, we launched DeliverLean Cares, a philanthropic division designed to help families in need during the pandemic. Through this effort, we donated over 100,000 meals in coordination with partners including NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center, The Miami Marlins and Inter Miami CF Soccer Team. Also, we spearheaded DeliverLean’s effort to provide hundreds of thousands of meals to homebound seniors during the crisis in coordination with Miami Dade County.
What advice would you give an up and coming professional? Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are bigger obstacles that will arise throughout your career that will be much more challenging than the little things you thought were going to hurt your business.