Lewis began his foodservice career at the former Campbell Soup Company in Salisbury in 1968. He joined Lankford Food Service in Pocomoke City as controller in July 1973.
Lankford merged with Sysco in September 1981. Lewis was promoted to vice president of finance in 1982, and then to senior vice president in 1998.
"Over the past 36 years, Archie Lewis has dedicated himself to the success of our company," said Lankford. "His uncompromising ethical standards and outstanding leadership skills are legendary not only at Sysco Eastern Maryland, but within the entire Sysco Corporation."
Don Repine, Sysco Eastern Maryland's current vice-president of finance, will assume Lewis's position as the company's chief financial officer.