Mr. Pappas has been President of Pappas Restaurants, Inc., a privately owned multistate restaurant group, since 1983 and Chief Operating Officer and director of Luby's, Inc., a publicly owned restaurant company, since March 2001. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Frost National Bank in Houston and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. He is Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Oceaneering's Board and a member of the Audit Committee of Oceaneering's Board. Mr. Pappas has been a director of Oceaneering since 1996.
Pappas Restaurants grew from their father and uncles’ work at Pappas Refrigeration. Currently Pappas Restaurants has 11 brands, including Pappas Seafood Houses, Pappasito’s Cantinas, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchens, Pappas Bar-B-Q’s, Pappas Bros. Steakhouses, Pappas Burger, Yia Yia Mary’s Pappas Greek Kitchen and the Dot Coffee Shop. Each company has its own specialty, with Yia Yia Mary’s, for instance, specializing in Greek food: fish and mezedes (Greek, with a hint of Texas). Pappas Restaurants also has a food catering business.
Since 2001, the two Pappas brothers have become major shareholders in the once-ailing, 67-year-old restaurant chain Luby’s, Inc., which is listed on the NYSE; the company’s market capitalization is currently $182 million. Luby’s acquired the 200-restaurant chain Fuddruckers, and three Koo Koo Roo California Kitchen eateries in June 2010 for $63 million. Chris Pappas is president and chief operating officer of Luby’s, which now has 93 Luby’s cafeterias, 62 Fuddruckers, 20 Cheeseburger in Paradise full service restaurants and bars, 1 Koo Koo Roo Chicken Bistro, and 1 Bob Luby’s Seafood Grill restaurant. Harris Pappas was its Chief Operating Officer until his retirement in 2011.
A graduate of Texas A&M, Harris Pappas was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving one year in Thailand and one year in Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars and three Army Commendation medals. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Oceaneering International, Inc., a publicly held oil and gas operations firm, and also served a 10-year term on the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston. He is an advisory director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and of Bank-Frost National Houston. He is on Schreiner University’s Advisory Board. He is a member of the Texas A&M Foundation Development Advisory Committee and serves on the Education Development Council Advisory Committee. Harris is also a member of the World President’s Organization. He is also a founder of the Hellenic Foundation, which endeavors to raise scholarship money for seminary students attending Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. An avid boater and fisherman, he and his wife, Vicky Marinos Pappas, have six children and two grandchildren.