Our Team | ONE Team

One Team” is not only one of our six core values (along with Touching Lives, Integrity, Trust, Ownership, and Commitment), it is our rallying cry and the way we GA Foods Core Valuesapproach solving problems and running our business.  Many organizations talk about the importance of their team…of “pulling together as a team” when faced with adversity.  We at GA Foods have come to understand the importance of emphasizing that our company must collectively act as one team…and not a collection of teams with competing interests and priorities.  We can’t say…”this is a Quality Department problem, not a Customer Care Center problem” or “the Nutrition Team needs to fix this, it’s not a Kitchen issue.”  We continuously reinforce throughout the entire organization that it takes all of us to work as one team to deliver the very best tasting, most nutritious meals with the highest service levels at a cost effective price to meet our customers’ needs and serve the seniors, children, military, and disaster victims entrusted to our care as best as we possibly can.

The GA Foods team is a diverse and energetic group.  We are based in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida, but can be found from Iowa to New Jersey, Texas to Georgia…and even more locations as we have become one of the fastest growing firms in our industry.  We are led by some of the most well-respected leaders in our field and have been guided by our founders, Ken and Jim LoBianco,  after more than 40 years of hard work of building GA Foods, one long-term customer at a time.  Below are quick bios of our top leadership group.


 

Ken LoBianco is a founder and CEO of GA Foods.  Ken served previously as CFO, assuming the CEO role in 2013 at the time of his brother and co-founder, Jim Lobianco’s, retirement.  Ken’s calm demeanor, integrity, and thoughtful leadership keep the organization focused on our priority of nourishing those in our care and serving the agencies from which they receive support.  (Ken’s shy and doesn’t like portraits.)
 Glenn Davenport
Glenn Davenport, President, is a veteran food industry leader, serving previously as CEO of Morrison Management Specialists (a member of the Compass Group) in Atlanta, GA, where he grew a spin-off division into a leading healthcare food and nutrition company that more than than tripled in size under his leadership.  Glenn now leads our team as President, leveraging his vast industry experience and an intense drive for excellence.  He joined the company in 2013.
Larry Abrams is SVP, Operations.  Larry joined us from the Unidine Corporation where he was President of Healthcare and Corporate Culinary Group.  A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Larry brings deep operational and culinary experience to manage our catering operations throughout the country.  He is our senior leader for culinary, product development, nutrition, purchasing, quality and regulatory compliance, and account management.
 
Andy Borgmann is SVP, Chief Technology Officer.  In addition to typical CTO responsibilities, Andy also leads our fleet and routing for the entire company, care center, customer service, and plant operations – which include our production lines, warehouse, and maintenance. Andy joined the team in 2013, holds a Bachelor degree from Azusa Pacific University, and is a private pilot.
Ritch Brandon is SVP, Marketing & Strategy.  Ritch joined GA Foods following stints as Chief Marketing Technologist at an Atlanta-based marketing firm, strategic and business planning consultant for Westinghouse Electric Company, and head of marketing and strategy and VP of Operations for Morrison Management Specialists, a Compass Group company.  Ritch holds an MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
 
George Levins is SVP, Sales.  George joined our team following his role as President, HHS Senior Living and President, Sales and Marketing for Hospital Housekeeping Systems.  He also had senior leadership roles for Horizon Software International and The Compass Group, and served as a regional sales manager for Baxter Healthcare.  George is a former Communications Officer for the United States Marine Corps and a Suma Cum Laude graduate of St. Leo University.
Beth Ann Valavanis is SVP, Chief Financial Officer.  Beth Ann joined GA Foods following stints as CFO of Global LEAD, a financial analyst for a fast growing software company, and an associate with KPMG Advisory.  Beth Ann holds an MAcc in Accounting from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.