Peter and Nicole Mouskondis, Co-CEOs of Nicholas and Company, have been selected as the 2015 recipients of the Kirk Englehardt Business Ethics award, an honor bestowed by the Utah Valley University (UVU) Center for the Study of Ethics, and sponsored by the UVU Woodbury School of Business.
The Greek Americans are the 11th and 12th recipients of this prestigious annual award. The UVU president and the Center for the Study of Ethics annually present the Excellence in Business Ethics award to individuals who display exemplary ethics in their life, both professionally and personally. “Peter and Nicole Mouskondis are trailblazing a path of unsurpassed honor and joyful hospitality,” said Dean Norman Wright of the Woodbury School of Business at UVU.
“‘Philotomo,’ best translated as love of honor, is a way of life for Peter and Nicole, their team members, their customers and suppliers. We are proud to welcome them into the Woodbury School of Business family.” Nicholas and Company opened its doors over 75 years ago in 1939 with Peter’s father, William, at the helm following grandfather, Nicholas Mouskondis. They’ve been steadily delivering the highest quality products and services in the foodservice industry ever since. With 10,000 products and a six state territory, it is clear that their Greek passion and “philotomo” (love of honor) is the driving force in how they run their family business.
In a time when statistics reveal that less than three percent of family businesses will continue into a fourth generation, Nicholas and Company is definitely unique.The Mouskondis’ pride themselves in personalized foodservice. Their mission is to customize solutions for their clients, recognizing that one size doesn’t fit all, and every client has vastly different needs. But one rule of thumb they apply to everyone is “philotomo” – literally the “love of honor” “the inclination to do good” or “love for family, community and country.” Or, as Peter explains “The notion that we have an obligation to one another to make things better. The sense of right and wrong and the duty to do what’s right.”
The award is named for local businessman Kirk R. Englehardt who died of cancer in 2003.