What makes Compass Group + Thompson Hospitality the world’s leading hospitality partnership? It’s the journey we’ve been on – a journey that has spanned 25 years and is forging ahead stronger than ever. Because of the partnership, diverse suppliers have a wider network for business growth, the communities we serve enjoy more inclusive experiences, and our associates have more access to opportunities and a career for life.

WARREN THOMPSON

CHAIRMAN & PRESIDENT
THOMPSON HOSPITALITY

Warren Thompson leads the largest minority-owned hospitality organization in the United States. When Thompson Hospitality and Compass Group USA joined forces in 1997, together they made history as the first strategic partnership between a major food service company and a minority firm.

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BENITA THOMPSON-BYAS

VICE CHAIRMAN &
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
THOMPSON HOSPITALITY

Benita Thompson-Byas is an unassuming powerhouse within this barrier-breaking company. Driven by a commitment to helping others, she is proudest of how the Compass Group + Thompson Hospitality partnership has helped diverse suppliers achieve record growth.

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RICK POST

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
COMPASS GROUP USA

Although Compass Group COO Rick Post grew up in the food industry, it’s his connection to family that influences the way he does business, which is why the Compass Group + Thompson Hospitality partnership works. It’s family.

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DENNIS HOGAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
FOODBUY

Dennis Hogan believes true diversity and inclusion starts with supplier partnerships, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to succeed – regardless of size or background – and central to Foodbuy’s supplier diversity program, is Compass Group’s partnership with Thompson Hospitality.

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AMY KNEPP

EVP, COMPASS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE GROUP

It is Amy Knepp’s business to understand each client’s unique culture and how the Compass+Thompson partnership aligns with their needs, but credit for the partnership’s benefit to clients goes to the Associates who show up every day with a passion for doing good work.

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DONOVAN CASANAVE

SUPPORT SERVICE MANAGER
SUPPLIER DIVERSITY & DIVERSITY ADVOCACY, SHELL

Global energy company Shell may be an industry leader for its commitment to transitioning its operations to net-zero emissions, but it’s Shell’s focus on powering lives that gets Donovan Casanave out of bed every day.

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SHELLEY STEWART

CHAIRMAN
BILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE

Retired procurement executive, current chair of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, and four-time Compass+Thompson client Shelley Stewart knows what quality supplier diversity looks like – and how it benefits communities.

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ALESHIA MCMATH

VP, DEI
COMPASS GROUP USA

By combining fresh ideas with a people-first approach, Aleshia McMath is a proven change agent and champion of the Compass Group + Thompson Hospitality partnership for the clear value it brings to our associates.

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CHEF SIMONE BYRON

FOUNDER, NAVIGATE

Through the career development program she founded, Chef Simone Byron partners with Thompson Hospitality and Compass Group to mentor deserving high school students who simply need an opportunity, giving them the tools to change their lives through the power of food.

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SCOTT DAVIS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
FLIK HOSPITALITY

FLIK CEO Scott Davis takes FLIK’s culture-keeping very seriously, which is why when Chef Simone introduced Navigate to Davis, he knew FLIK would be the perfect fit for its pilot.

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BLK & BOLD

One of Compass Group’s newest diverse suppliers, BLK & Bold is the first Black-owned nationally distributed coffee brand. These community-minded entrepreneurs donate 5% of all profits to helping underserved students graduate high school and pursue fulfilling careers.

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KING CHEESECAKE COMPANY

John and ‘Lrma King know cheesecake! It’s not only their passion, it’s their livelihood. They founded King Cheesecake Company in 1994 and have been proud Compass-Foodbuy diverse supply partners for 22 years.

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MS. JANA'S CANDY

Imagine growing your brand by 200%. That’s exactly what Jana Farmer did with the help and mentorship of Thompson Hospitality. Jana turned her kitchen candy operation into a beloved brand in the Chicago market and grew her business exponentially in no time at all.

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