Avista Communications provides design, implementation and
management of business communications systems.


Avista Communications, Inc. is an expansion and evolution of ESI Inc of MN.  With the success and growth of our company we bring our Avista Vision Path to more clients across the United States.   Our entire Avista Communications team looks forward to helping you 

Avista Communications
is a leading provider of business communications solutions. We will design, implement and manage a complete and practical custom solution to meet your unique business needs.

Our mission is to ensure that every solution we deliver is:

  • Comprehensive
  • Strategic
  • Manageable

As your company navigates through the business climate of growth, acquisitions, mergers, site closures, competitive changes; we work with you to address the hidden and real costs involved with change. Through our Avista Vision Path we will work with you to develop a road map to bring your costs in line, communications to maximum performance and negotiate carrier agreements that allow for changes within your business.

With our MANY years of telecom experience, our team assists clients in a comprehensive manner. We provide a total solution for your business that will bring you cost effectiveness through advanced communications deployment.

About the Avista Communication Leaders:

Jeffrey W. Taverna – Avista Managing Partner

Jeff founded ESI Inc of MN in 2006 with a goal of creating a superior level of service and longevity for our clients by delivering a full-service suite of carrier products.   Using his strong background in telecom operations and engineering, Jeff created custom solutions for our clients by blending carriers and technologies that were not available from a single vendor.   ESI’s innovative total solution approach has been the key to our clients’ satisfaction and success.

Bob White – Avista Managing Partner

When Bob White joined ESI Inc of MN in 2007, he brought a valuable history of successfully implementing complex solutions with Enterprise-level clients.  Bob actively works with executive personnel to align our deliverables with their strategic vision.   From his background as a Fortune 500 Account Manager, Bob was inspired to bridge the product and service gap that customers experienced by developing ESI’s Life Cycle Management for Business Consultation.  This system empowers us to examine and refine current Telecom Infrastructure to deliver cost savings to our clients.

Rob Mendel – Avista Managing Partner

Rob, Vice President of Client Services, joined our team in 2013 and is responsible for our entire product set delivery and maintenance to our customers. He is also a managing partner. Rob is a well-respected team leader with a vast set of talents for leading and building fun, rewarding, successful technical support and delivery teams. Rob’s business and leadership experience includes 14 years serving as the Senior Director of IT at Life Time Fitness and Chief Operating Officer for cross telecom.

Client Testimonials

  • Cross
    "Avista Communications came in and worked directly with our team and was able to quickly uncover the key issues, costs and technologies that related to our business issues. They provided us Telecom management on a monthly basis and handle all our interactions with the telecom carriers. I wholly endorse Avista Communications to provide your company with the Telecom Management service."

    Brian Shover
    Director of IT


    Cross Telcom