Our People

More than just employees, our 1,600 team members are like family—to us and to our clients. We create a nurturing, inspiring environment that helps them reach their professional goals. And they pass along their enthusiasm for providing superior hospitality and facility management services to your community.

Whether manning the carving station, adjusting the projector or welcoming residents, they’ll come to know your guests by name and personal preferences, creating a warm spirit of community throughout your facility.

         

Discover ... Our Team

 

At Creative Dining Services you’ll find a talented, seasoned management team and staff members who are focused on you and your organization.

Creative Dining Services stands ready to serve your community. With our extensive experience in the hospitality industry, and our passion for promoting community through culturally aligned partnerships, Creative Dining can bring your hospitality program to the next level.

Our team extends well beyond those listed on the page to a field of talented management and employees numbering over 1,600 in 12 states. As our founding philosophy statement says, "Our clients and employees are our greatest assets; without either, we would not exist as a company. We will strive to listen, respond to their needs, and provide growth opportunities for both."

Jim Eickhoff
Jim Eickhoff
President and CEO
Paul Bakker
Vice President of Operations
Kenneth Ivory, Vice President of Operations
Kenneth Ivory
Vice President of Operations / Midwest Region
Chuck Melchiori
Vice President of Business Development & Marketing
Rick Abele
Rick Abele
Director of Business Development
Jeff Banaszak
Jeff Banaszak
Director of Finance
Amy Lunn
Amy Lunn
Director of Marketing
Janine Oberstadt
Janine Oberstadt
Director of Corporate Sustainability
Jamie VanNest
Jamie VanNest
Director of Human Resources