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 Operations
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.”


Dennis Brewer
Director – Research & Development
7 Years at ANI

“We take a lot of pride in innovation of custom food formulations because that’s where the market is going. Our customers want a unique product that defines their brand. It’s not just the same food in a different package. Perhaps the biggest part of innovation is maintaining the highest quality and safety standards. New formulations have to be rigorously tested at every step in the process. That’s what we’ve always done with every product and it’s how we make sure we protect our position as a leader.”


Amy Forkell
Corporate Director of Human Resources
4 Years at ANI
“My job, in a very real sense, is to make sure ANI continues to maintain and build upon the spirit of being a family-owned company. I’m proud that we’ve been successful at avoiding some of the “corporate” malaise that can infect growing companies over time. ANI offers so many employee benefits that have gone by the wayside with other traditional leaders in the industry like tuition reimbursement, 401(k) match, profit sharing, and other meaningful benefits. And there’s a wonderful sense of pride and authenticity with everyone who works at ANI – who wouldn’t want to work here?”

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