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

David Lanci

Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David attended Johnson & Wales University and earned an MBA from Suffolk University. His career has spanned the continuum of foodservice and technology. His incredible journey from back-room to board room has shaped his entrepreneurial vision for all things hospitality. David co-founded NEXDINE Hospitality in 2009 with the vision of creating a people and technology-driven organization that attracts and supports the most passionate and talented hospitality professionals. David enjoys spending time with his wife Debra and two boys, Stefano and Marcello.

Larry Abrams

President and Chief Operating Officer

Larry’s career in hospitality spans nearly three decades and multiple verticals, including senior living, healthcare, education, corporate environments, and retail. His passion for amazing dining and hospitality experiences inspires the confidence of our clients and of our NEXDINE Colleagues who serve them. He joined NEXDINE to provide strategic direction to the organization and anchor its rapid and successful expansion into new markets and new geographies. Larry is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.


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

Paul Zaylor

Chief Financial Officer

With over 35 years of diverse finance experience, Paul joined NEXDINE Hospitality to accelerate the rapid and sustainable growth that inspired Food Management to name NEXDINE a “Top Riser”. In addition to finance and accounting functions, Paul oversees technology, contract administration and legal counsel. He is a graduate of Bentley University, where he also received his MBA in Finance, and is a licensed CPA.

David Chechik

Executive Vice President, Growth and Retention

David is responsible for leading NEXDINE Hospitality’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.

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

Jeremy Tavares

Executive Vice President, Healthcare Operations

Jeremy brings over 15 years of global culinary vision and operational expertise to NEXDINE Hospitality. After joining NEXDINE as Vice President of Culinary, Jeremy played a central role in the development of NEXDINE’s support services infrastructure and operational excellence. He has a deep understanding of how food and dining enliven and sustain a community. Jeremy is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Wayne King

Executive Vice President, Senior Living Operations

Having worked in multiple service lines throughout the industry, Wayne has a true passion for building exceptional experiences centered around amazing food and service while continuously striving to elevate the dining experience of those he serves. This commitment aligns with the guiding principles of NEXDINE Hospitality and our dedication to growing successful partnerships. Wayne holds degrees from Johnson & Wales University and New England Culinary Institute in both Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management.

Lisa Harkins, RD, LDN

Vice President of Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Since becoming a Registered Dietitian, Lisa has established an impressive record of building exceptional clinical nutrition programs that incorporate the latest nutrition and wellness innovations, while ensuring regulatory compliance. Lisa works with her team to customize and implement programs for clients that promote nutrition, health, and wellness across all our markets. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Todd Saylor, CDM, CFPP

Senior Vice President of Culinary and Support Services

Todd has dedicated his career of more than three decades to enhancing the dining experience for all individuals. As Senior Vice President of Culinary and Support Services at NEXDINE, he supports and directs the culinary team to push boundaries and foster innovation that increases the enjoyment, satisfaction, health, and wellness, of our guests and customers. Todd is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Jenna Arruda Vice President, People & Culture

Jenna Arruda, PHR, SHRM-CP

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 functions. Under Jenna’s leadership, the team leverages expertise in workforce planning, employee relations, career development, talent acquisition, and compliance management to empower our Colleagues to be their best so that our clients and guests experience amazing service. Jenna is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Crystal Wright

Executive Creative Director, Marketing

Crystal is responsible for leading NEXDINE Hospitality’s Brand and Marketing Strategy. With her experience working on Titanium, Gold, and Silver Grand Prix award winning global campaigns, Crystal is well positioned to lead NEXDINE’s Marketing and Brand Team. She and her team are responsible for structuring and implementing strategies to maximize brand performance, client satisfaction and company results. Crystal is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with professional studies in MBTI.

Crystal Wright, Creative Director