DENNIS DESCHAINE and his wife, Monique, are founders and owners of Al Dente Pasta Company. Since 1981, Dennis has contributed a wide variety of skills that have allowed this specialty pasta manufacturer to develop its product line and market share to national prominence. He enjoys working closely with a network of distributors, brokers and key accounts as he continues to build the brand. A member of Specialty Food Association since 1983, Dennis has served as a Director for almost ten years and was Chairman of the Specialty Food Association Board of Directors from 2010-2012. Dennis lives in Ann Arbor, MI, where he and Monique are active supporters of local organizations. He serves on the board of Avalon Housing, a provider of affordable housing.