FEDA Member Promotes 14-Year Veteran and Hires Director of Contract Operations

Avanti Restaurant Solutions, distributor based in Costa Mesa, Calif., has made two changes to its leadership team.

The company announced the promotion of 14-year veteran Mariah McManaman to chain sales executive. McManaman’s role expands to include great direct responsibility for national and regional chain restaurant account for Avanti.

“Mariah truly embodies Avanti’s Forward Thinking approach to consult with clients on commercial kitchen solutions to help them move their businesses forward faster,” Avanti CEO and founder Mark Rossi said. “Mariah joined Avanti in 2005, and has advanced from operations and project management to account management, learning every part of our business, and has now joined our sales team, overseeing business development for national accounts.”

“I love connecting with customers and potential customers as they contemplate changes and new ideas. The entire Avanti team is focused on helping them with solutions to take their plans to the next level. I’m so passionate about every aspect of the restaurant industry, and am excited about this opportunity to expand my client relationships and project team leadership,” McManaman said.

Additionally, the company has announced the appointment of Matt Ratzlaff as director of contract operations to lead the commercial kitchen solutions team for design-build, construction, and project management clients.

Ratzlaff’s team oversees client projects for restaurants, hotel & entertainment facilities, institutional and retail operations, working closely with Avanti’s in-house Design Studio for drawings and design work.

“Matt’s strength in construction and the industry is a critical addition to our team,” Rossi said. “Matt has nearly 20 years of experience in working with operators, contractors and engineers to ensure client and project success. We are thrilled to have Matt join Avanti as we grow.”

“I’m excited to become part of Avanti. The whole team here is driven to deliver true ‘forward thinking’ for our clients that marries creative design with pragmatic constructability,” Ratzlaff said.

He joins Avanti after having acted as a principal in a design build firm, and following roles in purchasing, project management, portfolio management and operations.


Mariah McManaman
Matt Ratzlaff