CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Elior North America, a leading culinary management company, has named Joseph Vaughn Vice President of Operations for its Valley Services division. Vaughn will officially join the company on April 2.
“Joey has a 22-year track record leading significant turnaround initiatives in both large and small foodservice programs,” said Brian Poplin, Elior North America’s President and CEO. “A strategic priority across our family of companies is to deliver value for our clients in the form of excellent food and exemplary service, and adding Joey will help us achieve these goals.”
In his new role, Vaughn will manage over 100 of Valley’s healthcare, business dining and education accounts which include colleges and academies.
Vaughn has been the Director of Food Services for the LA Unified School District since 2016, managing its $397 million food service budget, serving 398 million meals annually in 1100 schools. During that time, he oversaw a $36-million turnaround in just one year.
“I am incredibly humbled to be asked to join the Elior North America team with Valley Services,” said Vaughn. “My work in this industry, in hospitality and in the education market, facing challenges of every kind, has positioned me well for this opportunity.”
Before being recruited to the LA Unified School District, Vaughn was the Executive Director for Food and Nutrition Services for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, with oversight of a department serving nine million meals in 102 schools.
“Joey’s foodservice experience and his commitment to building strong client relationships aligns with our company’s culture making him an asset to our team,” said Jim Walt, CEO of Valley Services. “We know that moving forward, his strengths will add significant value to the services we offer each and every day.”
About Elior North America
Elior North America enhances peoples’ lives through culinary innovation and a commitment to providing exemplary service. The family of companies, with over 17,000 team members, provides food services and catering to more than 1,400 client accounts in five industry segments across the continental United States. Elior North America is among the top contract foodservice companies in the United States. The company has a management partnership with European contract catering firm Elior.
Learn more at www.elior-na.com.