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David Lanci, CEO and Founder

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From an early age, David had a special connection with food.  Raised in a classic Italian household, he enjoyed the culinary delights of big, family meals.  His dedicated work ethic and passion for great cooking was passed on to him by his parents, Italian immigrants who came to America in the late 1950s.  He attended the prestigious culinary institute, Johnson & Wales, and earned his MBA from Suffolk University.

David gained early experience as a Sous Chef and advanced to Executive Chef for catering, foodservice, and restaurant companies throughout New England.  He moved from the kitchen line to management, overseeing operations.  From there, he applied his knowledge, passion, and talent to executive level positions where he directed finance, operations, and marketing for a variety of large, small, private, and public companies.

Eventually, he also pursued a stint in sales, to further expand his knowledge and skills.  He sold technology solutions to restaurants.  During this time, he became fascinated with the potential for foodservice to grow with the help of new technology products and systems. 

Once David understood every facet of the industry, he knew the next step was to create a business that served the best practices of dining service.  He partnered with Gregg Hartman, and, in 2008, NexDine was born.

John Moody, Vice President of Operations

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John brings over 25 years of experience in the industry prior to joining NexDine.His career began working part time after school at a local hospital kitchen. After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management he pursued a management career in the industry. Throughout his career he has gained experience in many management roles including General Manager, District Manager, National Client Executive, Project Manager, and Vice President of Operations.

John lives in North Easton, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. During his free time he enjoys spending time with the family, golfing, and all sports.

Norbert Hanks, Vice President of Finance

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Norbert joined NexDine in 2014 and made an immediate impact in the company's financial and accounting areas. Norbert brings a breadth of experience to the NexDine team that has helped us manage our growth and implement initiatives that improve our financial reporting across every unit.

David Chechik, Vice President of Business Development

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David brings over 25 years of hospitality leadership experience to NexDine and is responsible for directing the company's growth strategy.  Holding key sales and operational positions for hotels, restaurants and food service management companies, his vision led him to co-found and serve as managing partner of Delmonico Management, which he later sold in 2005.  "Knowing David for many years made my decision to join NexDine very easy," David says.

David earned his degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts and studied at the Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, Switzerland.

David lives in Ipswich, MA with his wife, Julie, and their rescue dog, Sadie.  In his free time he enjoys running marathons, mountaineering and international travel.

Alan Rowe, Director of Operations and Culinary Development

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Alan has been with NexDine from the start and has worked alongside David for over 15 years. He represents all things culinary at NexDine, where we are very passionate about food. Alan has spent his career working in various capacities, both in and out of the kitchen. Today, he oversees several Flagship NexDine locations, and also oversees the menu philosophies that our great Chef’s employ. Alan is at his best when working with clients on unique catered events that require an extra special touch. He understands all elements of off-premise catering and is sought after by many clients for personal events and parties. Alan lives in Sturbridge with his wife Angie and three boys, Jordan, Blake, and Camden.

Sean McCaffrey, District Manager

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Sean joined NexDine in 2015 after meeting David a few years prior. He was drawn to NexDine by its fresh and innovative approach to hospitality, along with its rapid growth. He brings 20 years of restaurant experience with the majority spent in kitchens ranging from Newbury Street to Westchester County, Amherst, Cape Cod and even a turkey farm in his hometown of Holliston, MA. His background includes experience in managed dining services focusing on merchandising and standards regionally as well as oversight of marquis accounts in Washington D.C., Boston and Fairfield County. He is passionate about the details of food and the guest experience and works to ensure that each client has a dining program tailored to their particular location. Sean enjoys training and coaching of his team to allow them the opportunities to grow and succeed. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany, and their Australian Shepherd, Clyde, either hiking or exploring New England. Additionally, he is an avid golfer and gardener that loves to share his passion for food with family and friends.

Dawn M. Sajdyk, District Manager

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Dawn brings over 25 years of restaurant and contract dining experience to NexDine. Her passion for great food and great service began while working in a small family restaurant at age of 14. After completing her business degree at the University of Colorado, Dawn went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed in Siena, Italy. Working as an Executive Chef for many years she developed a love for operations. “Developing and growing my team is tremendously rewarding. I truly believe that it’s all about the people.” Dawn’s experience includes key leadership positions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, where she oversaw high-profile corporate dining accounts, large scale catering events, and presidential receptions and dinners for both Bush and Clinton administrations. What led Dawn to join NexDine is the commitment that David has in putting the right people in the right positions in order for them to succeed and in turn creating an exceptional guest experience.

Dawn lives in Littleton and in her free time enjoys riding her Harley, Kayaking, Skiing and spending time with family and friends.

Mike McGrath, District Manager

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Mike came to us after NexDine’s acquisition of Republic Management in 2009. He has been a great asset to our management team. Mike has a long storied history, and can quickly regale stories of his time working for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, during his military years at the White House. He is someone that employs a roll-up-my-sleeves approach to everything he does. Despite his somewhat celebrity past, he modestly goes about his business and oversees many of NexDine’s Northern New England locations.

Greg Girard, District Manager

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Greg joined NexDine in August of 2016.  He brings over 35 years of experience working in restaurants, hotels, higher education, and health care.   Greg developed a passion for food and service working for Stouffers Hotels and Resorts where he built his culinary foundation.

He went on to become the Executive Chef at Legal Seafoods, then a Regional Chef overseeing colleges and Universities in the NE Region. Most recently Greg was a Director of Operations leading teams in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic, and New England Regions.  He also has over 12 years of leadership experience overseeing Health Care Dining Operations and opening over 30 locations nationwide.

Greg attended the School of Museum of Fine Arts. I believe “Leadership is being a great teacher and empowering your teams to grow.”

Nothing is more gratifying than being a part of a team that makes “the dining experience” one to remember for all guests.  NexDines leadership team, dedication to hospitality, and a commitment to culinary excellence with the freshest ingredients is what brought him to our organization.

Greg resides in Nashua, NH and has two daughters.  In his spare time, he coaches hockey, enjoys hiking the 4k’s, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Tammi Kent, Executive Director of Marketing & Corporate Support

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Tammi joined NexDine in 2012 after an introduction from a client. After many years in the real estate industry, she was looking for a new challenge with an innovative company. After more than three years on the sales team, Tammi transitioned to a new role in Marketing & Corporate Support, driving and implementing NexDine’s corporate initiatives, supporting the operations, sales, and technology divisions of the company. Tammi earned her B.S. from Syracuse University and M.B.A. from Babson College. Tammi lives in Danvers, MA and in her free time enjoys biking, walking the beach and chasing after her maltipoo, Yuki.

Robert Ullrich, Director of Business Development

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Bob Ullrich is an instrumental figure in the early beginnings of NexDine. Bob started his company, Republic Management, in 1986 and it is his company that NexDine purchased in March 2009 to launch its footprint. After 33 years with Republic, he had decided he wanted to downshift his life and sell his business. Soon after the sale of Republic, Bob returned to NexDine seeking something new and exciting to do. David welcomed him with open arms and he soon began making contributions with his knowledge of the private school business, as well as extensive territory knowledge of Northern New England. Bob is an integral member of the sales team, and continues to contribute to the growth of NexDine's footprint.

Kellie Zirinsky, Director of Business Development

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Kellie joined NexDine in February 2016, bringing with her over 6 years of industry sales expertise.  As Director of Business Development, Kellie is responsible for leading NexDine’s growth and expansion in the Mid-Atlantic region.  A top sales person and highly respected industry professional, Kellie’s energy, client-centric approach, and attention to detail make her ideally suited for this role.

Kellie attended Camden County College in New Jersey and currently resides in Skippack, Pennsylvania. She loves to spend her free time with husband, Michael, and chasing after her two children, Kate and Tanner, and little Maltese, Maisy.

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