Our Tribe

Mark Rossi

President/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

VP of Operations
“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

Controller
"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.

Chris Hazeleur

Director of Sales
"My favorite core value is See It Through. So many times in this business, customers don’t get what they pay for and are left with a bad experience. Avanti takes pride in exceeding customer expectations and doing whatever it takes to get the project right the first time. Avanti is focused on building long term relationships, one job at a time."

Bolt

Account Manager
"The challenge of choosing just one of the core values that resonates the most with me is daunting. I truly believe in the power of the collective whole. I love working for Avanti because I am empowered to make intelligent choices for my projects and have the confidence in knowing my decisions are sound as long as I filter them through these values. Each one is crucial in running a great project and fostering wonderful relationships with our clients."

Mariah McManaman

Account Manager
"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."

Richard Salazar

Project Manager
"The core value that resonates with me most is Insist on Integrity. It is the fundamental cornerstone in building strong, lasting relationships and developing and maintaining trust. My mantra in life is, “A person is only as good as their word.”

Nikki Shishido

Project Assistant
"Although each of Avanti’s core values contributes to a cooperative whole, my favorite is Desire to Grow. I am motivated to learn new ideas and to research new ways of getting things done. Taking the time to challenge ourselves in both our professional and personal lives on a daily basis is a goal I not only have for myself, but for our clients as well."

Lisa Varela

Project Assistant
"My favorite core value is Connect And Communicate. With so many new relationships to make in the industry, as well as current ones to nurture , it is a necessity to reach out to those individuals to maintain Avanti’s high level of integrity and desire to grow."

Jamie Hernandez

Estimator
"Desire to Grow is my favorite core value because I am always striving to improve myself both personally and professionally. I love taking on new challenges because I learn quickly through experience. My thirst for knowledge never ends, so working at Avanti is an amazing experience!"

Kyle Yamamoto

Design Drafter
"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."

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."

Melissa Kalie

Senior Accountant
“Insist on Integrity” is the core value that resonates with me the most. Integrity is everything to me; I don’t want to interact with people I can’t trust. Here at Avanti, I feel as though people are very honest and straightforward. As an accountant, integrity is vital to my role; when you’re dealing with numbers, every detail should be accurate. Integrity fuels all of my decisions, whether they be business or personal."

Becca Pettas

Project Assistant
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”!

Michael Paine

Accounts Payable Specialist
"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.”

Melissa Orosco

Accounts Receivable & Credit Specialist
My favorite core value is “Insist on Integrity”. I feel that without integrity your purpose in business and life is without merit or meaning. With integrity we will grow and leave a lasting impression on those whose paths we cross. I look forward to connecting and communicating with all at Avanti Restaurant Solutions.

Walid Seraj

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)."

Kara Lieske

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.

Jennifer Miles

Manager of All Things People
“See it Through is the value that I align with the most. Personally, this is how I take on challenges, adapt to change, and evolve to remain relevant. I believe that no matter how difficult a situation or experience may be, the lessons learned have a positive impact. Professionally, this is the level of commitment and character I strive towards each day: to do what is right, and to take care of our customers and our employees."

Brenda Polsky

Senior Designer
"From my experience working in the design field I truly believe in our Connect and Communicate value. I enjoy communicating with clients, architects, and everyone at Avanti either in person or by phone, e-mail, or social media; both communication and connection is essential today, but one simply does not equate to the other. Being able to connect and communicate successfully, leads to strong and lasting relationships."

Kira Takeshita

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.

Shawna Snyder

Project 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.