Chris Nelson Joins Spectra as Senior Vice President of Food Services & Hospitality, East

Friday, Aug 9th 2019

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Former AVI Foodsystems Executive Hired to Oversee Operations in Eastern Division

PHILADELPHIA (August 9, 2019)— Spectra, a leader in venue management, food & hospitality and partnerships, has hired Chris Nelson as its new Senior Vice President, Food Services & Hospitality Eastern Division. With expertise in education, sports and convention centers, Nelson will oversee food-related operations in the east to pursue operational excellence, drive best-in-class guest services, and build long-term relationships with clients and employees.

Chris joins Spectra from AVI Foodsystems, where he was Executive Vice President of their Education (AVI Fresh) and Leisure & Entertainment divisions. In this role, he oversaw the regional and district leadership managing Campus and School Services, which covered more than 100 public and private educational institutions across 10 states in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Northeast.

“I look forward to using my knowledge gained from leading multiple lines of business to optimize operations and drive results at our accounts in the east,” Nelson said. “My career-long commitment has been to retain both clients and employees through meaningful relationships and strategic engagement, a commitment I am excited to carry on with Spectra.”

Nelson’s background also includes various leadership positions with Compass Group North America’s Chartwells Educational Dining Service and with Sodexo, where Nelson oversaw venues such as DePaul University, Elmhurst College, Southeast Missouri State University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Richard Schneider, Spectra’s Chief Operating Officer for Food Services & Hospitality, added: “As we continue to build a robust and dynamic Food Services & Hospitality team across North America, Chris’ passion for food as well as his diverse operating experience adds significant value to our bench of senior leaders. With his ‘get it right the first time’ philosophy, Chris is the perfect person to champion standards of operational excellence for our eastern division.”