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About our Founder

John T Becker

John Becker was born and raised in Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University in 1942, John served as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II as commander of a U.S. Navy patrol craft in the Aleutian Islands.

After returning to civilian life, John T. Becker, founded our Eurpac in 1951 in Paris, France. Among all of his accomplishments at Eurpac, Mr. Becker was most proud of the Employee Profit Sharing Program, and later the Employee Stock Ownership program (ESOP) he started in 1999.

During his 59 years with Eurpac, Mr. Becker led the company’s growth into several channels to include prerecorded entertainment, delicatessens and bakeries, Commissaries, Exchanges as well as projects in civilian retail in both Europe and the U.S. In each case, Mr. Becker centered the company’s successful growth strategy on one premise: empower your fellow employees to achieve, and they will.

John was also a vibrant member of his community in Greenwich, Connecticut. As noted in local press, John was "major part of the fabric of the town." John was a member of the “Harpoon Club” and attended the monthly "townies dinner" with other local fixtures.

In the 1960s, Mr. Becker invested in his local community when he purchased the local radio station, WGCH. Mr. Becker’s lifelong friend, Bob Barnum, said owning the station fueled John’s passion to keep the town informed. Longtime friend Harry Keleshian said his community looked up to Mr. Becker, who had a great understanding of people. "There was always praise from John. And it was always special and unique coming from a man of that stature."

John was also a supporter of various local organizations, including the Greenwich Family YMCA, Greenwich Historical Society, Bruce Museum, United Way of Greenwich and Greenwich Hospital. Mr. & Mrs. Becker were also the founding benefactors of Eurpac’s John & Sheila Becker Scholarship Program.

In addition to his strong commitment to family, his community and Eurpac, John had a variety of pastimes included fishing, sailing and the outdoors.