Our Tribe

Mark Rossi

CEO & Founder

“I love and identify with all of our core values, and Insist on Integrity is one of my favorites. Avanti is all about what happens after the sale is made, executing and delivering on the promises we make to our customers day in and day out. Our customers know we have their back, and through thick and thin will always be there for them.”

Mark founded Avanti in 2003 after growing up in the restaurant equipment industry and working for a family business. Having worked in nearly every facet of the business including customer service, operations, account management, business development and various leadership roles, Rossi felt it was time to create his own organization focused exclusively on chain restaurants and their growth and development. "Avanti is a forward-thinking business that is all about developing people, relationships, and chain restaurants. We want to be the company you think of when growing your brand regionally or nationally. Our people are engaged, passionate, and caring—let us prove ourselves to you and then help you improve your business.”

Rory Clarke


“My favorite core value is Desire to Grow. Our goal for employees and customers is one and the same—to help them grow, professionally and personally. We are looking for employees and customers who mirror this value, and want to grow with us.”

Rory leads Avanti's Operations Team, which manages our customer accounts and the equipment build-out of our restaurant projects. Rory joined Avanti in 2005 with previous experience in project management and mill-work fabrication.

Trey Hoang

Director of Design
“My favorite core value is Desire to Grow. I love when I'm challenged with executing on a new client’s vision. This drives me to research new concepts and thus grow my understanding and knowledge of equipment while delivering functional design to suit our client's needs.”

2007 was the beginning of a personal journey that marked Trey's own desire to grow. He arrived at Avanti with a background in scientific research and construction management. After managing many projects for Avanti, Trey now heads up our design department and ensures the delivery of top-notch 2D and 3D drawings to our clients.

Jenn Pollack

Director of Accounts
“I identify most with our core value Connect and Communicate. It is fundamental in building and maintaining successful relationships. I live this value with everyone I interact with, from clients and vendors to my fellow Avanti team members. The result has been strong and trusting professional and personal relationships that make my career truly rewarding.”

Jenn has solid problem-solving skills and a deep understanding of the construction industry. She joined Avanti in 2007 and has become a master of delivering “unparalleled customer service” to our accounts. Her background includes work in both the residential construction and staffing industries.

Tom England

"The core value that resonates most with me is Insist on Integrity. As a CPA, I feel that integrity is the foundation for all that I do. As I encounter opportunities to practice this value daily, I am inspired to always do the right thing at Avanti."

Tom joined Avanti in 2015 bringing over 25 years of experience in private and public accounting. Tom is a CPA with extensive experience in the construction industry, having held high level management positions for leading national construction companies.

Stephen Schneider

Assistant Controller

I believe that it is all of our Core Values that make Avanti such a great company to work for and with. However, if I had to choose one, it would have to be "Insist on Integrity.” In my profession it is imperative that you have integrity in all that you say and do. It is also the one value that enhances and brings more meaning to all of the others.

Jen (Bolt) Bolton

Senior Account Manager

One of the most important tenets of Avanti is the incredible collection of Core Values. These are not just words written on the wall. I filter my choices, directives and decisions through these values, they are the foundation of every action I take. Avanti is cohesive, freethinking and above all we deliver on the promises made to our customers; We call ourselves Solutionaries for a reason! My favorite core value is Think Long Term, because in everything that I do I am cultivating relationships that will thrive for years to come. I believe in the power of our values because they create an effective organization that I am proud to represent.

Jay Schlarb

Account Manager

Insist on Integrity has been a core principal throughout my career and my life. Integrity guides the effort we give to support our clients and each other as a team. I’m happy to work at a company that truly believes in that value and practices it every day.

Shawna Snyder

Account Manager

Understanding, believing and executing all the core values is key to not only aligning our organization, but most importantly having successful business relationships. One core value that I most identify with is Insist on Integrity. Integrity is the stem of where trust is built and true partnerships grow from customers to colleagues. Doing the right thing even when we are not in the same room, is the true meaning of integrity.

Michael Paine

Accounts Payable Supervisor

"If I had to choose a top core value, it would be tough, but I’d choose, Think Long Term. Evaluating and evolving what we do each day can lead to many rewards in the future. Working with dedicated customers and vendors over the years has built trust, which has led to proven results and relationships that are irreplaceable. For me, this value allows me to think of bigger and better possibilities for the future of Avanti, and that future looks bright.”

Walid Seraj

Sr. Accounts Payable Specialist

"My favorite core value is Insist on Integrity. All five core values are within me but Insist on Integrity makes the other four core values much more meaningful. I truly believe that by insisting on integrity for yourself and others makes the whole 100% more efficient, which in turn builds trust and ultimately results in substantial gains, (Spiritually and financially)."

Mike Nishkian

Accounts Receivable & Credit Specialist

When I began working at Avanti, the core value that resonated with me the most was Insist on Integrity. However, after being surrounded by Avanti’s strong, dedicated, and supportive team, Desire to Grow has stuck with me the most. Working at Avanti has taught me that I can be so much more, regardless of what I feel I have already achieved, in both my professional and personal life. We are the real deal over here at Avanti and we can’t wait to prove it to you.

Mariah McManaman

Chain Sales Executive

"My favorite is See It Through. I will do whatever it takes to see something to the end. No matter if it’s the impossible, I can make it possible."

Sydni Shepherd

Chain Sales Associate

The core value that resonates most with me is definitely Connect & Communicate.
As a Communications major, I firmly believe that communication is key in most everything that we do. Communication helps build and maintain relationships and that is exactly what we need in this industry. We need positive working relationships with staff, customers and everyone in between. When we are constantly connecting, everything is transparent. This is crucial because everyone knows what is expected of them and feels, not only knowledgeable, but confident in accomplishing their goals. Without communication, some will be, inevitably, left in the dark and out of the loop which will cause much bigger problems along the way. Good communication is the first step in showing the world what Avanti is all about!

Robbie Morgan

Senior Estimator

"My favorite core value is “See it Through”. From pre-construction to final billing, it is important to see a project all the way through all of its phases. This stands out to me because my father always taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing right. To “See it Through” means to provide great service, a great product, and to have a sense of pride in your work at the end of the day."

Tatum Brown

Sales Estimator

Insist on Integrity is the core value that resonates with me. Integrity not only means having the quality of being honest but also the state of being whole and undivided, which speaks volumes about our company's foundation. Finding a company that is in line with my moral code has really been refreshing.

Kara Lieske

Senior Project Manager

The value I relate to the most is Insist on Integrity. I feel that as you step into each new job, if you look to provide not only the customer, but each individual you work with the absolute best customer service, you will gain a customer for life. I apply this outlook to my everyday life as well. Honesty and integrity go a long way with me.

Michael Hall

Project Manager

"I value Insist On Integrity. In the design department we are detail orientated. We are the first step in the kitchen layout design and it needs to be right. We strive to give our clients functional and practical designs for the real world. Keeping up with industry trends and standards helps us eliminate easy to make mistakes which can easily snowball further down the line. Insist on integrity in everything thing we do."

Sarah Volner

Project Manager

"The Connect and Communicate Value resonates most with me. Everything we do as a company, hinges on great communication. It starts with the relationships we make with our clients, then continues throughout the project and beyond. We spend hours being trained on how to effectively communicate with each other within the company, as well as how to connect with our clients, reps and jobsite personnel. The value of this training is priceless. Our goal is to build a project seamlessly and painlessly for our clients and that requires outstanding communication from beginning to end, in all aspects of the build. This is our job and we do it well. We will prove it and then improve it."

Heather Pennington

Project Manager

I believe Insist on Integrity is the core value that resonates with me the most because it really encompasses all of our values. Connecting and communicating with our clients, vendors and colleagues ensures we stay integral throughout our time shared on projects and into the future. It is important to maintain integrity in all aspects of life, both personally and professionally, so at the end of the day you know you did the best you could with what you had and feel good about it. That’s how I live my life, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

Becca Pettas

Project Manager

Of the five core values, Insist on Integrity really resonates with me. I believe if you don’t live your life or conduct business with integrity that you don’t really have a leg to stand on. I’m happy to be at Avanti and know I’m working for the “good guys”!

Nicolette Spanner

Executive Assistant

The core value that resonates most with me is “Connect and Communicate”. I whole heartedly believe that people do business with people and it is everyone’s job to do everything they can to make a positive difference in someone else’s life. When I put a focus on the people element of my work, I have found that I am more energized, more successful, and happier with both the process and the outcome.

Kira Takeshita

Lead Project Assistant

Connect and Communicate resonates with me because it’s a necessary step to achieve the other core values. From day one at Avanti, I have seen how connecting and communicating on every level enables us to excel for our clients. If we have strong bonds of communication, no setback is too great to overcome.

Francesca Mariotti

Project Assistant

My favorite core value at Avanti is Think Long Term. When I think down the line, there is a greater probability for success because I am evaluating how a decision will either negatively or positively impact my team. Thinking Long Term with Avanti means preparing for a bright future!

Sara Weaver

Project Assistant

The core value that resonates with me the most is Connect and Communicate. Effective communication is the foundation for a long lasting relationship with our clients, vendors and team members. It is the first step in developing trust and making a difference with others, both in a personal and professional environment . Truly connecting with someone gives us the opportunity to stand out from the rest and allows others to feel that we will always be in their corner, no matter what the task. Once that relationship is established and continues to be nurtured, we can watch it grow to immeasurable heights.

Hayley Quesada

Project Assistant

I believe in all the core values but if I had to choose one that stands out to me it would have to be “connect and communicate”. Effective communication is crucial when trying to forge relationships with new and existing clients, vendors and team members. The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended, is something Avanti does really well!

Kaitlyn Gruszie

Project Assistant

Connect and Communicate is the value that is most important to me. This value shows the importance of having a relationship greater than an email or a “good morning”. With a strong connection and good communication you will build and grow as a whole, while leaving no one behind.

Kyle Yamamoto


"Being in the design world Desire To Grow really means a lot to me. There is a constant progression in styles, trends and technology and I am always willing to learn whatever it takes to keep myself current. Growing my knowledge will allow me to express ideas in new, creative ways."

Ed Contreras


I believe in all of the values but the one that stands out the most to me is “Desire to Grow”. In this changing world of technology, providing our clients with the best set of construction drawings is important. Avanti is willing to explore the best tools, including Revit and stepping into the world of 3D, to do the best job.

Prysilla Martiz

Human Resource Coordinator

The value that stands out the most to me is Connect and Communicate. This is the first step in developing a long-term relationship with the people and businesses around us. It is with this value that an organization can grow to its full potential. In my role as Human Resource Coordiantor it is important to create genuine and strong relationships with all members of the Avanti Tribe and I intend to accomplish this by focusing on connecting and communicating at all levels of the organization.