Who We Are
We are a values-driven company, created out of passion to serve great food by great people. We excel at providing one of life’s most personal experiences, a meal. A’viands provides food service management to education, business dining, healthcare, and correctional facilities. Currently, we serve over 275 locations throughout the United States with the strength of more than 2,400 team members.
At A’viands, our employees are empowered and motivated to provide premium service that is consistent and professional. We are responsive and committed to finding the right solutions that fit each client’s needs.
The heart of our business philosophy is built from dedication, integrity, and innovation. We stay current on issues, trends, and challenges facing our clients. Our staff blends smart, strategic thinking with creativity in a highly collaborative environment, providing powerful ideas and inspired solutions that deliver results.
All A’viands employees are committed to our core values that drive our company’s mission and vision forward, and maintain our goal of being known as a premier provider of food and services management.
Our Core Values
Each action we take and decision we make is honest, ethical, fair, and reliable.
We are committed to our values.
We have a strong drive and enthusiasm for what we do.
Those we serve come first.
We strive to understand their needs in order to continually exceed their expectations.
Together, we work toward common goals.
We value and respect each other’s skills, ideas, and differences..
We are each responsible for our actions. We do what we say.
We foster an environment of growth.
We provide the opportunities to grow our business, our products, and our people.
William J. Benzick starts A'viands.
A'viands acquires Summit Food Service.
TrustHouse Services Group acquires A'viands.
TrustHouse Services Group becomes a subsidiary of Elior.
A'viands acquires Consolidated Food Management (CFM).
Founded by William J. Benzick in 2003, A’viands was created out of a passion to serve great food, by great people, led by a strong set of core values. Today, A’viands provides food service management throughout multiple industries, including; healthcare, corrections, education, and business dining.
A’viands expanded to the Southwestern United States with the acquisition of Summit Food Service (Summit), a New Mexico-based company that was focused on serving correctional facilities and K-12 schools. The shared vision of both companies resulted in a partnership that truly provides world class food management services and continually exceeds customer expectations in the Southwest and beyond.
A’viands merged with TrustHouse Services Group, an Elior Subsidiary. TrustHouse Services Group is a leader in the healthcare, education, and correctional food services industries. The family of companies, with over 7,200 employees, provides food services and catering to over 700 client accounts in 47 states serving over 500,000 meals every day. This merger has provided A’viands with the resources of a larger company while maintaining our personalized focus on our clients.
A’viands expanded to the Pacific Northwest with the purchase of Consolidated Food Management (CFM), a Washington-based food service company established in 1980. CFM specialized in providing food service for business, industry, and institutional food service operations. With the inclusion of CFM, we are able to continue to enhance our service offerings by bringing immense value, high-quality food, and outstanding customer service to our clients. Together A’viands and CFM take pride in being a premium food service management company.
Chief Executive Officer
In 2012, Ron Villani became a part of the A’viands team as the Chief Operating Officer. Ron joined A’viands, largely in part because of the strong alignment to the company’s core values. His dedication led him to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the retirement of Perry Rynders, in 2014. Ron’s passionate leadership style supports and develops all of the A’viands business segments and departments, and helps bring our corporate mission and vision to life.
At only 13 years old, Ron began his career in food service by working in a family owned company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From that point on Ron started on the path to a successful food service career, highlighted by more than thirty-five years of experience. Ron served Marriott International in various roles for 22 years, including being positioned as the Vice President of Operations. In 1998, Marriott transitioned their contract services division to Sodexo. During this transition Ron became the Senior Vice President for Sodexo. There he used his strategic leadership skills and experience to drive the company forward for over 11 years.
Ron earned his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Bethany College and MBA from St. Joseph’s University. Ron is married with two children and currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Chief Financial Officer
Mitch joined A’viands in 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer after over 20 years in Senior Financial Executive positions in a variety of industries that included investment banking, commercial real estate development, and manufacturing. Mitch began his career in accounting as an auditor for KPMG after graduating with honors from the University of Minnesota.
In his role at A’viands, Mitch is responsible for strategic and tactical planning, financial and operational analysis, financial management, and is a leader in employee development.
Mitch resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family and border collie.