Passionate people creating authentic pizza. Our team is made up of hardworking, passionate individuals.
We are always looking for respectful, open-minded individuals to help make us a stronger team.
Andrea began working for Justin 17 years ago as a young high school student working at Justin Tyme Pizza. Little did she know, it was the start of her lifelong career path. She noticed that Justin was a one of a kind entrepreneur that she wanted to continue following as she had an appreciation for his attention to detail and level of expectation. Her love for the front of house began to develop when Klavon’s opened in 2007. Serving and bartending for the next decade, Andrea built strong relationships with guests that are still ongoing today. She is a testament of working through every position imaginable to achieve her goals with the company. today she oversees 100 front of house team members. Andrea plans to continue developing herself and hopes to retire with Klavon’s one day. “I have grown up with this company. I love what I do so much and it does not feel like work to me. I get to be a part of an amazing team in a high volume, fast paced environment, all while socializing with valued guests. It is truly a fun place to be! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and for Klavon’s.”
David began his Klavon’s debut in 2010 and over a decade later, he oversees the Back of House operations for both Klavon’s locations. He is always working to improve old systems as well as tinkering with new ideas and techniques on his quest to develop the next best pizza. In his spare time, David enjoys golfing, traveling, hiking, and almost anything that is outside. He and his wife live in Dexter, MI with their dog Ari.
Usually referred to as “Witty”, Jon has over 21 years’ experience in the restaurant industry and was previously the corporate trainer for Steak n’ Shake, opening several locations across the U.S. He also spent 4 years with Applebee’s as both a front of house and back of house manager and later worked as a Sous Chef for P.F. Changs. Jon began working for Klavon’s in 2014 as a line cook and quickly excelled at all aspects of the kitchen. He later moved into serving and was promoted to bartender quickly thereafter. Jon’s positive energy and enthusiastic presence gained a loyal customer following and helped shape the service standards of Klavon’s. Jon is an exceptional candidate because of his teamwork, communication, passion and motivational leadership. Jon has outstanding attention to detail and a deep knowledge of our food, service and above all, our culture.
Kaela began working for us as a young host at the age of 17 and has always been hardworking and determined. Over the last 7 years, Kaela has excelled through every position she has been in with Klavon’s. Today, she is our Lead Front of House Manager in Jackson overseeing a team of 60 servers, hosts, bussers and bartenders. Her bubbly personality, witty jokes and positive energy create a special presence in the restaurant everyday. Kaela has a love for the bar and plays a strong role in managing our seasonal cocktail menu. She is passionate about developing the team below her and creating goals for them, which in turn creates a fun work environment. Her favorite spot to be in the restaurant is the bar because she enjoys the confidence it takes to bartend and the amount of multi-tasking it requires. “The bar is so much fun because the guests at the bar are here for an experience! They are typically really laid back and easy to joke around with.” Outside of the workplace, Kaela has 2 dogs that she loves more than anything, Sosa & Beau. She enjoys doing anything outdoors with her soon-to-be husband, Michael. Kaela is incredibly valued by all of us at Klavon’s and we look forward to her future with the company.
Kelsie’s roots stem from her prep cook position that she began working in 5 years ago. “Prep is the foundation of success for the entire company. Being able to check the quality of everything that is being used in our product is very satisfying for me. I also love the challenge of having the prep list done on time to ensure all of the stations are set up for success for the day”. Kelsie began cooking at home and knew at the age of 11 that she wanted to fulfill a career in culinary arts. “My parents are the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. It was always a common thing to host family and friends at our house. This is where my love for food began at a very young age, seeing the joy it brought to everyone.” Kelsie attended Schoolcraft College in Livonia for culinary arts and has a particular interest in dough and the science of it. Long term, Kelsie would love to do prep on a bigger scale for Klavon’s, possibly in a production kitchen. Outside of work, Kelsie values time with family as well as her church family. They enjoy playing board games and having bonfires together.
Thom is one of the originals and has been with us since the start! We have watched Thom grow from a young high school student in the dish room into a Lead Manager overseeing 40 team members. Although he is an expert in all areas of the kitchen, his favorite place to be is on the oven because of the hustle it takes to work this station during the rushes. His favorite pizza? A classic Stuffed Deluxe, which just so happens to be our top selling pie, “There’s just something about that pizza that hits right. You can’t go wrong with it.” Outside of work, Thom is a husband and father to son, Bernard. He is a star wars nerd, enjoys blacksmithing, gaming and attending the renaissance festival every year. Thom hopes to be in a corporate training position, overseeing these processes at all locations, “Working side by side with the staff and teaching them our techniques has always been what I am most passionate about.”
Daniela’s love for being behind the bar began over a decade ago. She started her journey with us in 2014 as a bartender at our Jackson location and eventually went on to open our Mason location. Today, she oversees the entire front-of-house team and takes pride in building relationships with our guests, “I just love the varieties of personality I get to interact with. Since becoming a mom last year, I especially enjoy all of the children and families that come in and are fascinated with our bumblebee and fish tank in Mason.” When she isn’t enjoying her go-to Jack and Coke, she loves a bourbon-based cocktail combined with the tartness of fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Although the front of house is her passion, she has spent the last year becoming well-versed in the kitchen during the COVID-19 closures. “The pandemic has contributed to my growth so much with learning kitchen positions. An area I once avoided has become an area that I understand and have a deep respect for.”
Brett has been slinging pizzas since the very beginning! He is known by staff and guests for making the most beautiful pies. He discovered his love for food while attending culinary classes at the career center in high school and learned the basics of food service, “I’ve always been fascinated by this industry and how the fine details really matter.” He is passionate about pizza and is always working to perfect his craft. His personal favorite? The Ragin’ Cajun calzone has been his top pick since day one and still is. In the future, he hopes to be a Lead Back of House Manager to give employees the same learning experiences he has had with the company, “For me, when I started here it took me awhile to really grasp things but it all finally clicked. I want to teach our staff not to overthink it, we are just having fun and making pizza!”
Jessica began her career at our original location in and quickly became a master of her prep position. She is known to complete a prep list quicker than anyone with her ability to multi-task and make the most of every minute of her shift. Recently promoted to a management position at our Mason location, she is now learning the ins and outs of leading a team and teaching everyone to utilize their time like she does. Aside from prep, Jess really enjoys being on the grill line because of the fast paced environment and having to do so many different things at one time.
Outside of work, Jessica is a mother of 4 who enjoys creating special memories with her children. Coincidentally, she spends just as much time in the kitchen at home as she does in the restaurant. She is passionate about cooking big family meals and is always experimenting with new recipes. Jessica’s favorite memory at Klavon’s so far? The day she was promoted to management because she had worked so hard and it was amazing to be recognized and know all of her hard work has paid off.
Emily began working for us in a serving position in 2019. She came from many years of hosting, serving and event coordinating and stood out in her position right away with her infectious energy and bubbly personality. During the COVID-19 shutdowns, Emily saw this as an opportunity to dive into our takeout area and quickly became an expert of takeout service. She showed leadership during these times by coaching the hosts on our procedures and fine tuning the functionality. This hard work and initiative ultimately led Emily to a full-time Assistant Front of House Managing position. Although she oversees the entire dining and takeout area now, her favorite place to be is still on takeout service, “I just love the high energy environment back there when we are managing traffic and pushing out orders. It’s so much fun and I love coaching my hosts on takeout. They have become so self-sufficient over this past year and it makes me proud!”
Cody began his career with Klavon’s in the Fall of 2020 and quickly showed us he was ready to work. His ability to grasp every station with ease landed him an Assistant BOH Management position within just a year.His favorite place to be in the kitchen is running the grill during busy rushes. He enjoys the fast-paced thrill of multi-tasking and having to manage many different orders and items within those orders all at the same time. This station allows him to show his creative side and he thoroughly enjoys perfecting his plate presentation to deliver beautiful entrees to our guests. His favorite menu item from grill? The Chicken Margherita sandwich. He loves the spiciness of the peppadew peppers paired with the sweetness of the San Marzano tomatoes and the fresh basil, which adds great flavor.
Although Cody has worked in a few different industries, he expressed that food service is where his love has always been. “The atmosphere is one of a kind and everyday is different from the last, presenting its own set of challenges that I have to learn to overcome. I love that this industry keeps me on my toes.” Cody’s long-term goal is to be a Lead Back of House Manager with Klavon’s and run his own kitchen. We can’t wait to see his journey unfold!
Although Hannah has been with the company for 7 years and has grown tremendously throughout this time, her biggest love in the restaurant still stems back to her original position as a hostess. This is where she first started her career path, training all new hosts that were hired in after her. Managing the waitlist at the front counter is her favorite position to work. “I love that I get to interact with every guest that comes into the building while in this position. My goal is to start their experience off as positive and personable as I possibly can. You are the first greet, the first face they see and the first experience they have when they come visit us.” Hannah plans to stay in the restaurant industry and continue a lifelong career path in it, “I’m incredibly passionate about what I do because I am passionate about food and I’m passionate about making people happy and those two things really go hand-in-hand.” Outside of work, Hannah has a 3-year old son named Ocean and plans to marry her fiance, Jesse in October of 2022.
Mitchell began working as a busser at our Jackson location in 2017. He eventually transitioned into a hosting position and quickly became a huge asset to the team, training and developing our newly hired hosts. In 2019, when our Mason location opened, Mitchell played a crucial role in training groups of hosts under him and teaching them everything he knows. Once his team was developed, he was able to transition into the serving position he had always wanted to try. Mitchell spent several years serving and perfecting his communication and customer service skills. At this time, he was attending MSU for dental hygiene but soon realized that his passion was really in the hospitality industry. He recently finished up an internship with Klavon’s for his food & beverage hospitality management degree and has grown and learned so much about every aspect of the business this year. His new favorite area of the restaurant to be is the bar, crafting cocktails and socializing with guests. “For me, being behind the bar is such a great way to exhibit the passion that I have for the industry and the guest experience. It allows me to create that relationship with the guest, which is important in enhancing that memorable experience. Whether it’s the lively atmosphere of the bar, or creating some of the industry’s best cocktails, the bar leaves people excited to return to Klavon’s!”. Mitchell is thriving in our environment and has recently accepted an Assistant Front of House Management position in Mason. It has been an honor to watch him learn and grow over the last 5 years!
Gracie began working for Klavon’s in 2020 in the midst of the COVID pandemic. While first arriving as a somewhat quiet, timid student, beginning her very first job, Gracie grasped her position as host and became a leader to her peers in just a few short months. During the takeout only shutdown, Gracie stepped up and led her team through a time of challenges and transitions. Her leadership skills began to blossom and she quickly became a stand-out. Gracie’s passion for training, motivation to work hard and ability to lead by example are only a few reasons she was chosen for a management position. As she is just beginning her journey in leadership, she is currently focused on employee development and guest service, while also learning more about the overall operations. There are no bad days when Gracie is present and anyone would tell you she beams with positivity. We are grateful to have her on our team and look forward to all she will accomplish as a leader!
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