Mouskondis State of the Union Honoree

Peter, Nicole, Bill and Elyce Mouskondis on the floor of the Nicholas & Co. warehouse in Salt Lake City.

WASHINGTON, DC – Having Philotimo, the love of honor, the quality that Greeks of good character aspire to, does not guarantee success in life, but it probably ensures good press when you make it to the top.

Peter Mouskondis of Salt Lake City, Utah, was among President Barack Obama’s special guests during his State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 28.

Peter Mouskondis is the CEO and President of Nicholas & Company, Inc., a third generation family-owned and operated broadline foodservice distribution company, employing roughly 500 people. Nicholas & Company is known for its culture of mutual respect and care among and for its employees, emphasizing work-life balance and benefits, including maternity, paternity, and bereavement leave, among others.

The atmosphere that Peter and the leaders at Nicholas & Company have developed is paying off – the workforce is more productive and the company is expanding. Mouskondis said, “Our success at Nicholas & Company is directly related to our family-friendly approach and the work of my grandmother, mother, and wife in making work-life balance an essential part of our culture.”

Nicholas & Company has been honored with many awards under Peter’s leadership including: the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, 2013; the Utah Department of Work Force Services Work/Life Award Legacy, 2001-2012; and the Utah Business Magazine, Best Companies to Work For, 2005, 2011, 2013.