Aris Pappas (from left), Pete Pappas, Gus Pappas and Paul Pappas. ( Courtesy Pete Pappas & Sons )

The leadership of Pete Pappas & Sons, Jessup, Md., has passed to the next generation after almost 50 years, with Pete Pappas stepping down as CEO.

His sons, Gus and Aris Pappas, share the CEO position, and their cousin, Paul Pappas, is president. The moves became official Sept. 1.

Pete Pappas is now chairman of the board at the company, according to a news release.

While CEO, Pete Pappas oversaw three major warehouse moves and expanded business operations. The product line has expanded and there are more than three times the number of employees as when he became CEO, according to the release.

“After almost 50 years I’m so proud of what we have accomplished together,” Pete Pappas said in the release. “Pete Pappas & Sons is highly regarded as one of the premier produce distributors in the country and we are positioned for continued success. It is time for me to pass the torch on in the Pappas family.”

As his grandfather and father did before him, Pete Pappas handed the operation to the family’s next generation.

“While running the company effectively, his sons and cousin also explore new business opportunities and expansions, furthering the Pappas family legacy,” according to the release.

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