MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
Meet Charray Williams, the Owner and CEO at ASI Food Safety. After working many roles at ASI, Charray became the controller under the previous owners. When they decided to retire in early 2016, Charray acquired ASI and it has grown under her leadership. Charray is dedicated to the food industry at both the cGMP level and GFSI level of compliance. ASI customers are her number one priority and she strives to keep expenses down so her customers do not overpay customary travel expenses. Not only does Charray have a passion for food safety, she is a dedicated supporter and foster for St. Louis Stray Rescue. To date, she has had two foster fails and many other furry friends have started their new life with Charray.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Charray would like to spotlight Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves, MO. “I love their atmosphere paired with BBQ Spaghetti!”
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Tyler has been responsible for the certification process of over 3000+ audits annually and manages ASI’s employees and contracted auditors around the world. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of ASI, Tyler also trains and has consulted several different major food and beverage companies around the world to help improve their food safety practices.
In 2019, Tyler started a non-profit organization called Show Me Food Safety. This organization provides resources to small food manufacturers and growers in Missouri to help improve their food safety practices and get on the shelves of local grocery stores.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Tyler would like to spotlight Pearl Cafe in Hazelwood, MO. “I love Thai food, beer, and supporting family-owned businesses. Pearl has the best Thai food in St. Louis and over 200 beers – it’s a no-brainer.
Meet Andrew (Drew) Mason, the Compliance Manager at ASI. Drew joined ASI in March of 2018 and has enjoyed being part of the Food Safety Industry ever since. He loves working with ASI’s diverse auditor pool and clientele to provide a great service and ensure compliance. Drew has a background in Loss Prevention and Animal Welfare but since joining ASI, has continued to develop his love for the Food Industry and supporting those suppliers who are devoted to safe practices. In his free time, Drew has advanced his food safety knowledge and has become certified in Food Defense, Internal Auditing, HACCP and Preventive Controls and is excited about expanding that knowledge base. Drew is committed to building a strong Internal Support Team at ASI and looks forward to playing a part in developing ASI’s position as a leading food safety service provider. Andrew sees his work with ASI as a great opportunity to make a direct impact on the future of our food chain and ensure the safety of all consumers.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Drew would like to spotlight Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, MO. “They’ve been around since 1913, and for me personally as a go to place to take visitors and family. It’s small but it always brings a big blast-to-the-past feel when I want to get a reliable and delicious Sandwich, with a shake of course.”
Meet John Hoskins, the Operations Manager at ASI. John has a BS and MS in chemistry and has quality control experience in both food and pharmaceuticals. While John was obtaining his master’s in chemistry he worked in both production and quality control for a craft brewery in Missouri. After graduate school, he went into the pharmaceutical industry where he worked in quality control, process development, and program management for several years prior to joining ASI in 2019. John holds several professional certifications in HACCP, Preventive Controls, SQF Lead Auditor, Internal Auditing, ISO 17065, Food Defense, and Food Fraud to name a few. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations at ASI, John manages the training program and GFSI certification process. John states the reason he joined ASI is because he gets to work for a small, family-owned business where his work has a direct impact on customers and consumers lives instead of just being another number in a corporate system.
SUPPORT LOCAL: John would like to spotlight Vivola Express in Maryland Heights, MO. “It’s a small family-run operation where you will never leave disappointed. One of the best-hidden gems in St. Louis.”
Director of Business Development
Meet Kim Sobotka, the Director of Business Development at ASI. After working many roles at ASI, Kim landed in the Sales and Business Development role. Kim has been dedicated to the food industry for over 17 years, guiding thousands of companies through training, consultations and certification to both cGMP standards and GFSI standards. She received training in Principles of HACCP and is an Implementing SQF Systems professional. She has a passion for food safety and has spent years in the industry to make sure others share in her passion. No matter if the company is large or small, Kim loves working with these companies to understand their goals, so that she can provide the best options to achieve them, directly and cost effectively.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Kim would like to spotlight Saullo’s Restaurant in St. Charles, MO. “They are most accommodating owners who care about everyone that walks through the door, not to mention Saullo’s has the best pizza I have ever eaten in my life.”
Database and Business Development Manager
Meet Andrew Wood, the Database and Business Development Manager at ASI. Andrew joined the ASI team in January of 2015, where he learned that ASI and the food safety industry was an excellent fit due to his passion for food. We can safely say that he is the “foodie” in the office! Andrew has helped many companies, both big and small, achieve their food safety goals with a step by step approach. With this, he always listens to the customer needs before making any recommendations. Developing long-term relationships with clients through goal achievement brings much fulfillment to Andrew. Outside of ASI, you can find Andrew beside his grills, or on the golf course.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Andrew would like to spotlight Mac’s Local Eats in St. Louis, MO. “Where do I start with Macs Local Eats? Mac’s has BY FAR the best burger I have had in my life, and I have had many burgers. The pasture-raised, dry-aged beef and fresh seasonal produce genuinely shine when you bite into one of their smashed burgers.”
Scheduling and Travel Coordinator
Meet Aaron Buchek, cGMP Scheduling and Travel Coordinator at ASI. Aaron joined ASI in January of 2020 as an intern finishing his last semester of college. In May of 2020 following his graduation, he was welcomed as a full time member of the ASI team. Aaron attended Fontbonne University where he recently obtained his BS of Accounting. While the Accounting side of the company was what Aaron originally joined for, he has enjoyed taking on additional roles in scheduling and helping auditors coordinate their travel plans. These additional roles have allowed him to better understand the industry and the needs of the customer while also giving him the much needed social interactions that are often not found within the Accounting field.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Aaron would like to spotlight Caleco’s Bar and Grill in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, MO. “They are an Italian American restaurant that is great for any time of day, whether you are going for breakfast before work or heading out with friends to catch the Cardinals or Blues games.”
Scheduling and Quoting Coordinator
Meet Daniel (Dan) Clark, SQF Scheduling & Quoting Coordinator at ASI. Dan joined ASI in June of 2020 and is excited to continue his progression in the Food Safety Industry with ASI. He enjoys working with diverse groups of people and developing solutions to his client’s potential issues. Daniel attended Missouri State University for Marketing Sales Management and has held several part-time and full-time management positions. He prides himself on his critical thinking as well as his ability to communicate well through difficult situations, to provide the best outcome for all ASI clientele. He is proud to be working for a family-owned company, where he feels truly valued as a part of the team. He is currently certified in Food Defense Awareness and Advanced HACCP courses, with plans to complete more throughout his future in the industry. He looks forward to providing the best service possible to customers, in both a timely and trustworthy manner, while contributing to safer food for the public.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Dan would like to spotlight Tony’s Donuts in Hazelwood and Maryland Heights, MO. “They are family owned and not only have the best donut and sandwich café around, but they treat everyone as an extension of their own family. They have been a staple in the North St. Louis area for 25 years.”
Meet Cynthia Parker, the Administrative Assistant at ASI and “The Voice” of ASI. Cynthia has been with ASI for over 20 years where she is often the first interaction with our wonderful clients.
She is in charge of sending out ASI audit results and certificates.
“Working at ASI has been quite an educational experience for me. I have learned what it takes to keep our food supply chain flowing good and healthy. Getting our food from farm to table is much more complex than I could have ever imagined. Not just the food itself, but also the packaging; which is something I never considered before.”
I am passionate about food safety and working at ASI has made me more aware of the products I purchase and where they come from. It has also made me more aware of my general food safety practices at home.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Cynthia would like to spotlight Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson, MO. “The food is fantastic! During all the civil unrest and damage to her business, and now the pandemic, she keeps pressing on and supporting her community.”