David Lanci, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David Lanci

Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David co-founded NEXDINE in 2009 with the vision of creating an organization where the most passionate and talented hospitality professionals wanted to work. His career has spanned the continuum of the food service industry, including leadership roles in sales, operations, finance, and marketing. Says David, “Our people are our most valuable asset. I know that if we take care of them, they will take care of our customers.” He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and earned an MBA from Suffolk University.

Larry Abrams

President and Chief Operating Officer

Larry brings over 25 years of hospitality leadership to NEXDINE and is responsible for all day-to-day 0perations, in addition to Sales, Marketing, Culinary, Nutrition, and Health & Wellness. Larry’s extensive experience across multiple business verticals – senior living, healthcare, education, and corporate dining – serves as the foundation for NEXDINE’s continued growth and success. Larry earned his degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University.

Larry Abrams, ​President and Chief Operating Officer
Paul Zaylor, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Zaylor

Chief Financial Officer

Paul brings 35 years of diverse finance experience to NEXDINE, with over 10 working in food and dining management services. In addition to managing the company’s finance and accounting matters, Paul is also responsible for overseeing human resources, technology, and contract administration. He is a graduate of Bentley University where he also received his MBA in Finance, and is a licensed CPA.

Jeremy Tavares

Senior Vice President, Culinary & Operational Excellence

Jeremy brings over 15 years of global culinary vision and expertise to NEXDINE and leads the company’s commitment to culinary and operational excellence. He and his team are responsible for driving food and technology innovation, ensuring NEXDINE’s exacting standards of quality and authenticity are maintained, and providing team members with training and resources necessary to exceed our customers’ expectations. Jeremy is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Jeremy Tavares, Senior Vice President, Culinary & Operational Excellence
​David Chechik, Vice President, Growth and Retention

David Chechik

Vice President, Growth and Retention

David is responsible for leading NEXDINE’s new business development and client retention strategy, and expanding the company’s presence in new geographies and market sectors. He and his team are responsible to ensure NEXDINE is well-positioned to meet the changing needs of existing and evolving clients, while maintaining the integrity of the NEXDINE brand. David is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration.

Jenna Arruda

Vice President, People & Culture

Jenna brings over 10 years of Human Resources leadership to NEXDINE and is responsible for leading the Talent Acquisition, HR Administrative and People & Culture sectors. Jenna’s widespread experience in workforce planning, employee relations, career development, talent acquisition, and compliance management serve as a foundation for ensuring NEXDINE’s People and Culture team are well versed in managing all aspects of human resources, with a focus on colleagues first. Jenna is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Jenna Arruda Vice President, People & Culture
Crystal Wright, Creative Director

Crystal Wright

Creative Director

Crystal brings over 20 years of brand and marketing experience for fortune 100 companies, working on TItanium, Gold, and Silver Grand Prix award winning global campaigns, Crystal leads NEXDINE’s marketing and brand strategy, aligning brand and business to promote positive brand awareness, culture and change, Crystal is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with professional studies in MBTI.