John Catsimatidis is the Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group. The Red Apple Group has holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, supermarkets, real estate and aviation.
Catsimatdis grew up in New York City after coming to the United States as an infant with his parents from the island of Nissiros, Greece.
Opening his first supermarket while still in college it evolved into Manhattan's largest supermarket chain, Gristede's Supermarkets.
In the mid-1980's Catsimatidis acquired United Refining Company of Warren Pennsylvania. This refinery provides the energy needs of Western Pennsylvania, New York and Eastern Ohio.
Mr. Catsimatidis real estate company, Red Apple Real Estate is a major developer in the New York area and is currently developing a $500 million dollar project in Brooklyn, New York.
A certified jet pilot, Catsimatidis has been involved in the airline industry since the early 1970's. Currently Mr. Catsimatidis' Red Apple Aviation operates personalized, large corporate aircraft.
All told, Mr. Catsimatidis' companies post annual sales of approximately $3 billion. Over 10,000 employees, John Catsimatidis is a major employer in the New York metropolitan area and upstate New York.
John Catsimatidis' charitable interests are as varied as his business interests. Although centered in his Hellenic roots, such as his Hellenic Scholarship Foundation and the Greek Orthodox Church in America where he served as President of the Church Council in North America, his chartable interests cover a broad range.
A legendary fundraiser in New York and national politics, Catsimatidis is deeply committed to his community and country.
Mrs. Catsimatidis, Margo, is a leading businesswoman in the advertising industry. President of MCV advertising, Mrs. Catsimatidis is also co-publisher of the couple's Greek American newspaper, the "Hellenic Times," which is the largest, Greek newspaper printed in the United States. Mrs. Catsimatidis shares duties with her husband in all of their charitable activities.
John and Margo Catsimatidis have two children, daughter Andrea John (AJ), 16 and son Yianni, 13.
The family resides on Fifth Avenue, New York City and enjoys traveling extensively.