Anthony “Tony” Simmons is the retired President and CEO of McIlhenny Company, the makers of Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce. A member of the 5th generation, Tony is the great great grandson of the founder, Edmund McIlhenny. Tony serves on the board of McIlhenny Company and is the president and director of Avery Island Incorporated, a 7th generation family business with 9 generations of family shareholders. Tony also serves on the board of King Ranch, Flagship Foods and is chairman of the S Corp Association, an advocacy group based in Washington DC. Joining McIlhenny Company in 2000 as Executive Vice President he became President in 2012 and CEO in 2013, a capacity he served in till retiring at age 68 in 2019. Prior to working for his family Tony worked either for or with The Manitowoc Company based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for 25 years. The last 6 as their independent distributor for their crane products for the southeastern US and the Caribbean. Tony graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans.
Tony lives at Avery Island, Louisiana with his wife of 47 years and his golden retriever, Moose. Tony has 2 children and 5 grandchildren and is an avid sportsman and golfer.