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Our story

Years after meeting Zaxby's founder Tony Townley in high school and then becoming his fraternity Brother at UGA, Avants started selling him home and auto insurance policies. Eventually Townley needed commercial insurance to start Zaxby's, and Avants insured the first seven stores. A few years later, Avants got the Zaxby's bug himself. He bought in as a franchisee and opened his first store in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1997. Avants Management Group participates in multiple charity and community events each year.

Home office

Gary Avants

President

Gary founded AMG in 1997. He graduated UGA in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis and weekend trips to Asheville.
Favorite meal: Club Sandwich

Ryan Doss

Director of Finance

Ryan joined AMG in 2015. He graduated from UGA with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Shortly after, he completed a MBA and became licensed as a CPA. Prior to joining AMG, Ryan spent 6 years working in public accounting. When not at the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Dana and two kids, Vann and Maggie.
Favorite meal: Kickin Chicken Nibblerz

Jordan Avants

Director of HR

Jordan has been with AMG since 2009. He started off as a cook/cashier and worked up to be an assistant manager. He transitioned from operations to HR in 2015. When not at the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors or playing music.
Favorite meal: Spicy boneless wing meal

Melissa Crowe

Director of Operations

Melissa joined AMG in 2009. She graduated from UGA with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Melissa worked in Asheville, North Carolina as an OTM for 7 years before joining the home office as the New Construction Coordinator. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband Casey and their daughter, Lily.
Favorite meal: Big Zax Snak rolled in hot honey mustard

Justin Jones

Director of Facilities

Justin has been with Zaxby's for over 10 years. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army. In his spare time, he works part time as a Sheriff's Deputy. He is also a competitive powerlifter and plays the drums.
Favorite meal: Wings & Things

Marystuart Hulsey

Accounts Payable Manager

MaryStuart has been full time with AMG since December 2015. She graduated from Piedmont College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and taking her dog Madison on walks.
Favorite meal: Club Sandwich

Drew Cochran

Sysadmin / Web developer

Drew joined AMG in 2016. He has 10+ years of experience in information technology and website design. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and broadcasting on Twitch.
Favorite meal: Chicken finger plate with teriyaki sauce

Lauren Cochran

HR Manager

Lauren joined AMG in 2015 as an intern. She graduated UGA in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She was promoted to HR manager shortly thereafter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Drew and her cat, Chloe.
Favorite meal: Big Zax Snak

 

Sally Lanthier

Controller

Sally joined AMG in 2016. She graduated from Georgia Southern with a bachelor's degree in finance and a masters degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduating with her master's degree, Sally became a licensed CPA. She worked in public accounting for 8 years prior to joining AMG. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys scrapbooking and sewing.
Favorite meal: Big Zax Snak

Jodie Epperson

Office Assistant

Jodie started working for AMG in 2018. Originally from Colorado, she now considers Georgia her home. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching lacrosse and obstacle course racing.
Favorite meal: Boneless Wings Meal

 

Management

Joanna Thompson

District manager - AL

Joanna started her career at AMG in 2004 as a cashier. She was promoted to District Manager in 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, playing basketball and singing. Her goals in life are to be a fun, loving mother and a successful businesswoman.
Favorite meal: Original boneless wings meal

Dylan Thompson

District manager - TN (West)

Dylan started with AMG in 2011. He started as a cook and has worked up through the ranks to become a District Manager. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and being outdoors.
Favorite meal: Boneless Wings and Things in Insane Sauce

Chris Green

District manager - TN (JC)

Chris started working for AMG in 2017. He has been with Zaxby's for over 15 years. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He also enjoys coaching and playing sports.
Favorite meal: Boneless Wing Meal rolled in Wimpy Sauce

Khayliq Thomas-Sousa

District manager - GA

Khaliyq joined AMG and Zaxby's in 2012. He received his associate's degree in Business Administration from Georgia Military College and is currently attending GSCU to continue his education.
Favorite meal: Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Eric Hubbard

District manager - NC

Eric started working for AMG in 2012. He has over ten years of experience working at Zaxby's. Eric graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in history. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, as well as being outdoors.
Favorite meal: Kickin Chicken Sandwich

Brandon Wright

District manager - TX

Brandon joined AMG in 2018. He graduated from UTSA in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in finance and has over 19 years experience in the restaurant industry. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole, and their 5 kids.
Favorite meal: Grilled Cesar Zalad

Joshua Dodd

Training manager

Josh has lived around east Tennessee his whole life. He began his career with AMG while in college as a cook. A year later, he now leads the training program in AMG's Tennessee market.
Favorite meal: Boneless Wings Meal in Sweet and Spicy with honey mustard sauce.