38, Owner, Pav’s Creamery
What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Show, don’t tell.
What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?
Do what you love, don’t be afraid to take chances, and surround yourself with support. When I moved back to North Canton, I left a career that I no longer enjoyed. I decided to leave a position that provided my family with security and create a wholesale and retail division that generated zero revenue and zero income. It was a huge risk; however, I believe that the success of where we are today is due to the fact that I love what I do and had the love and support from my family to do it.
What motivates or inspires you to better the community?
Giving back. Being in the ice cream industry, we are fortunate to be able to make a product that doesn’t cost a fortunate yet provides people with instant happiness. So if there are ways in which we can part take in an event that can help a foundation or charity, we try getting involved in some way, shape or form.
List three to five things people might not know about you.
I’ve been lucky enough to have sailed around the world two and a half times and have visited a total of 58 countries. I’m lactose intolerant, which is difficult when owning an ice cream store.
“He’s the most driven person I’ve ever met. He’s fearless and takes on challenges others would shy from. He’s caring, creative and passionate in his profession.”
• High school diploma
In the community
• Works directly with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Akron Rotary Camp and Children’s Hospital along with several other local charities.
• Pav’s Creamery has won the Akron Beacon Journal’s Beacon’s Best six years in a row and the Akron Canton Hot List two times.
• Pav’s Creamery was voted best ice cream in Northeast Ohio by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016.
• Won “Most likely to appear on 90210” in his senior year of high school—an award he says is his greatest achievement
• Developed his family business from a small, seasonal ice cream shop to a business consisting of three new locations and wholesale division that spans a five-state region
• Wife: Melody
• Children: Luca, 9, and Max, 1
• Melody Pappas, Director of Operations, Pav’s Creamery