Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

SEP 2017

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12 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • SEPTEMBER 2017 people & events Foodservice equipment manufacturer ACP introduced Chris Bartley as its new director - global chain sales. Restaurant industry veteran Kert Gennings is the new president of The Chickery, a Washington, D.C.-based fast-casual chicken concept. Gennings' background includes working with such restaurant chains as Jersey Mike's and Vapiano International. He served as a master franchisee for Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries and as a consultant to The Halal Guys. Charlotte, N.C.-based Electrolux Professional North America named Joe Takhar to the role of director of service. He previously served as international senior manager for the Middle East and Africa region for Electrolux Major Appliances International. Foodservice equipment industry veteran Dennis Easterla has joined Heartland Reps, an independent manu- facturers' rep firm covering Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Antonio Bautista was named senior vice president of company cafe operations for Hard Rock International. Bautista will oversee the company's area vice presidents, facilities team and retail operations. Mike Evenson has retired from his role as national sales manager for InSinkErator's Foodservice Group. He had been with the company for 23 years. While no successor has been named for Evenson, InSinkErator does plan to add someone to its sales team in the near fu- ture. In the interim, Robert Thielen, also a sales manager for InSinkerErator, will as- sume some of Evenson's duties, including working with the manufacturer's network of independent sales reps. Paul Twohig was appointed chief operating officer for MOD Pizza. In a re- lated move, Chris Schultz, former senior vice president of operations, became senior vice president, international, to lead the fast-casual pizza concept's development abroad. The National Restaurant Associa- tion added two staff members to the organization's advocacy team: Jessica Falborn and Adam Hasley. Falborn serves as senior advisor, strategically manag- ing operations and supporting the internal and external communications from the association's advocacy team. Hasley serves as the director of advocacy research and insights. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) named Adam Busby, CMC, CHE, general manager of the CIA at Greystone, the NAFEM Professor at the college. Chef Busby adds the NAFEM Professor role to his current responsi- bilities as general manager of the CIA's campus in St. Helena, Calif., where he manages the day-to-day operations and general oversight of the college's facility in California's Napa Valley. Among his duties as NAFEM Professor will be to facilitate the launch of a CIA student externship program involving select NAFEM member companies. Vanco, an Indianapolis-based service agent, updated the roles of some mem- bers of its management team. Gary Allen assumes the role of CEO. Replacing Gary as president is Jeremy Allen, who was promoted from vice president of opera- tions. In addition, Vanco promoted Steve Roane to vice president of service from service manager. WingHouse Bar and Grill intro- duced Dennis Prescott as its new CEO. He replaces Terry Ryan, the company's previous CEO. Prescott's restaurant industry background includes working as president of Cheeseburger in Paradise, vice president of business development for Bloomin' Brands Inc., and as chief operating officer for World of Beer. Scott McLeod was named senior vice president of operations for Wingstop Restaurants. In his new role McLeod becomes responsible for overseeing the fast-casual chain's domestic corporate and franchise operations as well as training. As part of a planned transition, Zink Foodservice named Kevin Jennings vice president/general manager of its Table- top & Smallwares Division. Steve Castle, current vice president of Zink's Tabletop & Smallwares Division, will work with Jennings to ensure a smooth transition. Once the transition is complete, Castle will remain part of the Zink Foodservice leadership team. Great Lakes West, a Mattawan, Mich.- based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer has bought Kessenich's, a Madison, Wis.-based dealer. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. All of the Kessenich's employees are expected to remain with the company. Cheri Martin will serve as president of Kessenich's, now an operating division of Great Lakes West. "The company will continue to go to market as a full-service dealership," said Marc Israel, a partner in Great Lakes West. "We were looking for a company with solid values and volume and good people. That's Kessenich's. Their people have solid expertise and good people that want to do more." Foodservice Professionals On the Move Antonio Bautista Great Lakes West Acquires Kessenich's

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