Industrialist of the Year
Introduced in 2004 and presented by the BMI annually, this prestigious award was named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer, the beloved Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland who played a role in establishing the museum in 1977.
The annual Industrialist of the Year luncheon has become one of Baltimore’s premier networking events and provides essential support for the BMI’s educational programs.
Industrialist of the Year Past Honorees
Neil Meltzer, 2019
Mary Ann Scully, 2018
Calvin G. Butler, Jr., 2017
Tom & Toby Bozzuto, 2016
Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., 2015
Tom Sadowski, 2014
Atwood Collins III, 2013
Mark Montgomery, 2012
Michael J. Ward, 2011
Helen Delich Bentley, 2010
Aris Melissaratos, 2009
Edward F. Hale, Sr., 2008
F. Suzanne Jenniches, 2007
Mark Sneed, 2006
Kevin Plank, 2005
Rich Baker, 2004
The Paterakis Family
One of our state’s most iconic family-owned businesses, H&S Bakery was founded in 1943 by Greek immigrants, Harry Tsakalos and Isidor “Steve” Paterakis. Originally a neighborhood bakery on the corner of Ashland and Castle Streets, H&S moved to Fell’s Point in 1953 where it quickly expanded.
John Paterakis, Steve’s son, grew the business, distributing its line of baked products into restaurants, institutions, universities, hospitals, delicatessens, and supermarkets. Currently, the H&S Family of Bakeries is the largest family-owned variety baker and operates ten manufacturing facilities in five states, with distribution in twenty-three states and still growing. John’s six children and many of his grandchildren – representing the company’s fourth generation – remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of the business.
In addition, the Paterakis family continues to give back to the community, supporting more than forty organizations locally and nationally that focus on neighborhood revitalization and environmental stewardship. The family’s commitment to making a difference and to combatting hunger was highlighted this past year during the pandemic through their contributions to local foodbanks.
Why the Industrialist of the Year Matters
The BMI’s hands-on programs focus on Baltimore’s unique industrial history and foster a lifelong love of learning among students, inspiring a future pool of successful leaders for local businesses to draw upon.
New displays and labels will impart the rich history of this important local industry. The BMI is grateful to all event sponsors for supporting the museum and its mission to serve as a vital community resource.