Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO, Red Apple Group
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.
While attending the Bronx campus of New York University, studying engineering, Catsimatidis worked for an uncle in a small supermarket on 137th Street who helped him open his first store. While still in college, Catsimatidis opened this store in 1968 on Manhattan's Westside at 99th Street and Broadway.
This supermarket evolved into Manhattan's largest, high quality supermarket chain, Gristede's Supermarkets. Famed throughout the borough of Manhattan, Catsimatidis took over the 114-year-old company, Gristedes, transforming it into a staple of New York City life.
In the mid-1980's, Catsimatidis broadened his interests beyond the supermarket industry. United Refining Company of Warren Pennsylvania, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002, was added to Catsimatidis' holdings along with approximately 400 gas stations and convenience stores. This refinery provides the energy needs of Western Pennsylvania, New York and Eastern Ohio.
As Catsimatidis increased his business holdings, so did his real estate holdings. Red Apple Real Estate has substantial investments in the New York, New Jersey and the Florida real estate markets.