John Gates has been involved in the wholesale food and retail food store business since the age of 10 through his uncle’s operation, Hesser Brothers, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He founded Lancaster Foods in 1986 prior to its acquisition by Guest Services and has been a principal force in Lancaster’s dynamic growth.
He earned a B.S. degree from Penn State University in 1982 and subsequently received the Certified Public Account (CPA) designation. Prior to entering the produce business on a full-time basis, Gates worked for Arthur Andersen as an auditor.