On October 1 the Baltimore Museum of Industry will honor the Paterakis Family, founders of H&S Bakery, as our 2020 William Donald Schaefer Industrialists of the Year. The award recognizes and celebrates visionary business leaders whose innovation and dedication help build stronger communities throughout Maryland. Accepting the award on the family’s behalf are Steve, Bill, JR, and Chuck Paterakis, Vanessa Paterakis Smith, and Karen Paterakis Philippou.
One of our state’s most iconic family-owned businesses, H&S Bakery, was established in 1943 and has long demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Baltimore through its manufacturing facilities and investment in Harbor East. We look forward to honoring the Paterakis family’s achievements at a luncheon held in the BMI’s iconic Decker Gallery.
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The William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award was introduced in 2004 to recognize and celebrate Maryland’s visionary business leaders who are distinguished by their innovative approaches to industry and dedication to the well-being of their communities. Named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer—beloved Mayor of Baltimore, Governor of Maryland, and supporter of the museum’s founding in 1977—the award is presented each year at a luncheon held in the Decker Gallery, against the backdrop of the Inner Harbor.
Each year, we welcome more than 450 business and economic leaders to join us in celebrating the innovation, vision, and service of Maryland’s business community, and to build new connections and collaborations as we look to the future. The luncheon program includes a keynote address, cocktail hour, and lunch service, and offers numerous opportunities to network and to be inspired—while being immersed in Baltimore’s rich industrial history.
2019 – Neil Meltzer, LifeBridge Health
2018 – Mary Ann Scully, Howard Bank
2017 – Calvin G. Butler Jr., BGE
2016 – Thomas S. Bozzuto and Thomas S. Bozzuto, Jr., Bozzuto Group
2015 – Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., Rosemore, Inc.
2014 – J. Thomas Sadowski, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
2013 – Atwood Collins, III, M&T Bank Corporation
2012 – Mark Montgomery, Ports America Chesapeake
2011 – Michael Ward, CSX Corporation
2010 – Helen Delich Bentley, Helen Bentley & Associates
2009 – Aris Melissaratos, Johns Hopkins University
2008 – Edward Hale, 1st Mariner Bancorp
2007 – F. Suzanne Jenniches, Northrop Grumman Corporation
2006 – Mark Sneed, Phillips Foods
2005 – Kevin Plank, Under Armour Performance Apparel
2004 – Rich Baker, Domino Sugar