Meet the leadership team

As a family-owned company, our leadership team puts an emphasis on relationships both within our company and with our partners and customers.


William J. Behnken
President & CEO

26 Years at ANI

“Quality starts with people. The systems, processes and procedures we have so carefully designed to produce high quality pet foods are merely great plays in our playbook. It is our people individually and our team collectively that execute those plays that make us winners in the industry. The engagement and utter enthusiasm of our people to do better, make better products and provide the best service is what makes us great. That’s special. That tells me we’re doing things the right way.

Better yet, our shared values and the vision to be the best in the business combined with our genuine care and concern for each other on a personal level gives a whole new meaning to ‘family’ business.”


Raymond Bialick
Senior Vice President & CFO

5 Years at ANI

“Our goal is to be as seamless as possible with our partners. We call it being an “in-house manufacturer.” To us that means aligning our goals with our customers’ goals. A big part of that is customer service and support. Doing business with American Nutrition isn’t just a business transaction. Our best customers are the ones who’ve been with us the longest because they see and feel the value of true partnership.

That’s just another way our family values come into play. When a product goes out the door with ‘Made and packaged by American Nutrition, Inc.’, it’s important to us that our customers see that as following through on our promise of doing it better.”


Darren Stephens
Senior Vice President of Technical Services
29 Years at ANI

“I’ve been here 29 years, and while some products and processes have changed with the times, the attitude is still the same as it was in the early days. We often talk about exceeding expectations here. That’s one thing that never goes away. Our industry is more competitive now than at any time in the past. We have to get it right the first time, every time. That’s a high bar, but it’s part of how we became successful and we know our customers are counting on us to reach that goal in every bag or box we sell.”


Steve Mills
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing 

32 Years at ANI

“Being a great partner goes far beyond just making quality pet foods. While safety and nutrition are always the most important aspects of our business, we take a lot of pride in being what we call a ‘complete partner’.
That means providing guidance on packaging creation, specialized formulations, and all the logistics to deliver their product on time.”


Robert Lee
Vice President of Operations

“Do It Better is more than just a catchy phrase or tagline for us. We live it. As a team, we work hard every day to do things better than the day before. We are always working to improve processes, formulas, and the overall experience of working with ANI. Our passion for this not only improves the business experience for the customer but also the lives of the pets we feed every day.”


Faith Barela
Vice President of Human Resources

Our commitment to quality is what sets us apart from our competitors. We understand that we are providing food and treats for beloved family members. Integrity of the product comes before all else, and we hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards in all aspects of how we do business to ensure we are living up to our commitment.


Jim Bolton
Director – Research & Development

Our customers think of their pets as family members, and as such, are looking for a manufacturer who takes the same level of care in preparing a meal as they would in doing it themselves. We do not take this responsibility lightly. Our commitment is no compromise and no variance – ever. We keep this promise through quality, wholesome ingredients, uncompromised sanitation of our facilities, and traceability from farm to bowl.

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