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Bill Paterakis


paterakis-billmf07The H&S Bakery was started in 1943 by Harry Tsakalos and Isodore “Steve” Paterakis and has been family-owned and operated since the beginning.

Today, four generations of the family are actively involved in the business, including President and CEO Bill Paterakis.

Headquartered in Baltimore, the H&S Family of Bakeries includes H&S Bakery, Northeast Foods and Schmidt Baking Company. Together they make up the country’s largest family-owned variety baker, providing an array of baked goods to major retailers and small businesses.

The company has 10 bakeries and has more than 30 distribution centers across the Eastern seaboard.

Paterakis moved early to stay ahead of the pandemic, creating a crisis task force to deal with the deluge of new information. Among other moves, the company hired extra workers to sanitize its facilities, required masks and temperature checks for employees early on and staggered work hours to prevent employees from congregating in common areas.

“My brothers and I visited most of our plants in order to be seen,” Paterakis said on the American Bakers Associations’ podcast, “Bake to the Future.” “It be-came a real morale builder. We would walk through the plants, and people would smile at us because they saw that the boss was there and was willing to walk the floor and accept the risks as well.”

The company supports a host of charitable causes in Baltimore and beyond, including The Ronald McDonald House, University of Maryland Hospital and the Baltimore Hunger Project.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.