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, and healthcare 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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom joined A'viands in 2016 as President and CEO. He has more than 30 years of experience in meeting the needs of clients, customers, and employees within the food service industry. Tom has been a member of TrustHouse Services Group since 2011 and served as President and CEO of Aladdin, AmeriServe and FitzVogt. Prior to joining TrustHouse Services Group, he held leadership roles at both Aramark and Sodexo. Tom has a passion for delivering an exemplary customer service experience through great people.
Tom's experience within the service industry reaches across both dining and facility services within the education, healthcare, and business dining markets. He has been successful in expanding business opportunities with both new and existing clients by working with his team to develop individual, innovative dining solutions. His approach is to continuously evaluate and modify services in order to continuously drive improvement and adapt to the changing expectations of clients and customers.
Tom has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois Benedictine. He has studied Italian at Universita per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy. He is a member of the Society of Hospitality and Food Service Management. Tom is a proud father of 4 adult children and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
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.