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Baking is tradition for Christopher N Tsakalos. It actually runs in the family. This 31-year-old is the third generation family member and operations manager of H&S Bakery – the largest privately-owned bakery in the United States.
The first bakery was opened by his grandfather, Harry Tsakalos and great grandfather, Isidoros (Steve) Paterakis. Today, H&S Bakery, along with its affiliates, is comprised of 14 divisions operating in seven states with distribution in 23 states.
The company is made up of more than 2,000 employees and a fleet of 400 delivery vans. The Tsakalos family also co-owns Northeast Foods, which makes buns for McDonald’s, and a development company which has transformed Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood into Baltimore’s premier residential, retail, culinary, and tourism destination.
The young Tsakalos joined his family’s business as a teenager in high school. Today he is In charge of orders, production, maintenance, packing, logistics and quality control. He also directs both the Safety and Sustainability Teams at H&S.
When not baking, he supports the Lardarius Webb Foundation, which works to help keep young people in Baltimore in school and off the streets. He also assists the organization Helping Up Mission, which comes to the aid of Baltimore’s poor and homeless and assists those with drug and alcohol addiction.
Tsakalos is a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore. The Cathedral played an important role in shaping his life and identity. He resides in Phoenix, MD with his wife Triantafilia and two children.