He made significant improvements and expansions to the business since he started in 1966, including enlarging the business from a one-store operation to 14 retail stores as well as adding countless wholesale outlets and co-manufacturing accounts.
Zanetos oversees a 60-year-old company, which employs about 250 workers. The company’s 152,000-sq.-ft manufacturing facility, which runs three shifts, produces more than 12 million pounds of candy a year. Thanks to Zanetos, the Anthony-Thomas Candy Co. has become one of the largest family-owned candy manufacturers in the Midwest.
During his career, he was instrumental in the design of several pieces of equipment that have improved production capabilities at Anthony-Thomas, including a five-stage shell-moulding line. In 1986, Zanetos developed and formed the World’s Best Moulds LTD partnership, which manufactures and distributes plastic moulds for the candy industry that have improved the production of chocolate novelties.
Zanetos served as a board member of the Retail Confectioners International (RCI) for 12 years, from 1984 to 1998, and was its president from 1994-95. He and his company hosted the national RCI convention as well as two regional conventions. Outside of the candy industry, he was one of the original organizers and is a current board member of Emerald Bank. He was an active board member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral for 32 years, serving in several capacities including secretary and vice president and operating as its president from 1998-2001. He also has served as a board member of the Columbus Countywide Development Corporation, the Central Ohio Council of Camp Fire and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.
Zanetos has been married to his wife, Carol, for almost 47 years. He has two daughters and seven grandsons. He enjoys golfing and flying his personal plane.