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14 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • APRIL 2017 people & events Solutions 5 Looks at the Future of Food Nearly 300 foodservice professionals participated in the Jan. 20 Solutions 5 annual conference, hosted by Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. The one-day event explored the next generation of food, specifically looking at the future of food. Foodservice Professionals on the Move Neapolitan-style pizzeria chain 800 Degrees Pizza appointed Tommy Lee to serve as CEO. John Cywinski was named president of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar. He formerly served as Applebee's chief marketing officer from 2001 to 2006. AutoQuotes appointed Ross Buel to serve as the company's vice president of sales and business development. Church's Chicken promoted Chris Ward to vice president of supply chain from senior director of purchasing. Cicis pizza buffet chain named Jini Foust its COO. Julia Stewart resigned from her position at DineEquity Inc., parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP. Current lead director, Richard Dahl, has taken the role of interim CEO/chairman. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. promoted Grant Benson to senior vice president, franchising and development, and Jeremy Biser to vice president, international operating systems, learning, food safety and equipment. Richard Stockinger was named CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group. Fiesta also Foodservice Inc., which changed its name to Welbilt Inc. on March 6. The equipment manufacturer is searching for Stewart's successor. George Koether was named group president of Middleby China. Pei Wei hired John Hedrick to serve as its CEO. Cheryl Bachelder will step down from her post as CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. at the closing of the company's previously announced sale to Restaurant Brands International Inc. RBI will name a new Popeyes leader at that time. Contract foodservice provider Sodexo announced a series of changes to its executive committee. Debbie White, CEO of the Government and Healthcare Segments worldwide, has decided to pursue an opportunity outside Sodexo and will leave the company as of May 1, 2017. Marc Plumart, CEO of Sodexo's Seniors Segment worldwide, will become CEO of Health Care and Seniors worldwide. Tony Leech, CEO of Justice Services worldwide, will become CEO of Sodexo's Justice, Defense and Government Agencies worldwide. Togo's Eateries introduced Glenn Lunde as the California-based sandwich chain's chief concept officer. promoted Danny Meisenheimer to COO and senior vice president. Stacey Rauch was appointed non-executive chairman and Paul Twohig non-executive member of the board of directors. The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) hired Tracy Mulqueen, CAE, to serve as its deputy executive vice president. She will assume the role on April 1, 2018, when current EVP Ray Herrick retires. Heritage Foodservice Group hired foodservice industry veteran John Donello to serve as business devel- opment manager for the service segment. Lawry's Restaurants Inc. promoted Tiffany Stith to president and COO of its restaurant group. Long John Silver's tapped Brian Unger to head up its operating company and U.S. franchis- ing and development. Additionally, Toni Bianco was named COO. John Stewart retired from his post as senior vice president and CFO of Manitowoc The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) an- nounced the eight recipients of its 2017 Silver Plate Awards. 2017 Silver Plate winners by category: • Independent Restaurants/Multi- Concept: Wolfgang Puck, chef/owner, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group • Chain Full Service: G.J. Hart, execu- tive chairman and CEO, California Pizza Kitchen • Chain Limited Service: Chris Newcomb, co-founder, president and CEO, Newk's Eatery • Healthcare: Patti Oliver, director of nutrition, UCLA Health • Elementary and Secondary Schools: Betti Wiggins, executive director, Office of School Nutrition, Detroit Public Schools • Colleges and Universities: Ted Faulkner, director of Dining Services, Virginia Tech • Business and Industry/Foodservice Management: Jeff Metz, president and CEO, Metz Culinary Management • Retail and Specialty Foodservice: Chris Gheysens, president and CEO, Wawa Inc. Silver Plate winners are nominated by IFMA members and industry leaders, then selected by a distin- guished jury including national trade press, foodservice experts and past Gold and Silver Plate award winners. From the Silver Plate winners, one is chosen by the jury to receive IFMA's Gold Plate Award, revealed at the Gold & Silver Plate dinner celebra- tion in May. John Donello Brian Unger IFMA Announces 2017 Silver Plate Winners