Our incredible management has both expanded and taken Pete Pappas & Sons Inc to new heights!
They have worked diligently to grow the business in a number of ways. This includes the vertical integration into farming with Smoky Mountain Family Farms, growing the lines of products that we carry, incorporating organics in Pete's Garden brand, and also by expanding our service and delivery areas.
Pete is the Chairman of the Board, and a 3rd generation Pappas family businessman. He joined his father and uncle at Pete Pappas & Sons in 1972.
Over the past 45+ years, he has overseen the expansion of our original tomato business to the wholesale distribution of berries, onions, melons, corn, lettuces and organics.
Pete and his sons Gus and Aris have truly fulfilled the company name, from the original Pete K. Pappas, of Pete Pappas & Sons.
Paul is our President.
He rejoined the company in 2013, and first worked with us as a Production Manager from 1987-1994. He has owned his own food distribution company, was the COO of a food service distributor and has worked for a produce grower/shipper and for a wholesale distributor.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, he has helped us to take advantage of every opportunity to improve operations and efficiencies, expand our offerings and to grow our business.
Gus is the current 4th generation co-CEO, and resident berry professional.
Since joining the company in 1999,
Gus has helped skyrocket the growth of the berry sales department.
He has taken our berry business from just strawberries to now blueberries, blackberries and raspberries too. He also began our organic berry program.
Take one look at our berries and you’ll believe that Gus hand picks the best!
Don is our VP of Sales.
He brings 30 years experience in the produce industry to our team. He has worked for growers, shippers and repackers. His experience with organic produce has also brought new insights to our organic programs.
Don ensures our departments are connecting and that everything is running smoothly. He also helps us find, assess and take advantage of growth opportunities.
We welcome the synergy he brings to our sales team and company.
Aris is the 4th generation co-CEO. He is also our resident tomato expert.
Aris joined his father’s and brothers’ sides in 2004, and over the past 14 years has helped expand not only the tomato selection and packaging, but also the variety of fruits and vegetables that we carry.
Aris has a hand in picking the bulk of our produce, which is reflected by the premium quality we offer.