Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

OCT 2017

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10 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • OCTOBER 2017 people & events Dealer M&A Activity Accelerates O wnership of 4 of the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers has changed hands since Aug. 1. Private in- vestment firm Centerbridge Partners L.P. purchased TriMark USA from Warburg Pincus; The Middleby Corporation, an Illinois-based manufacturer, acquired QualServ; Michigan-based Great Lakes West acquired Kessenich's of Wisconsin; and Elverson, Pa.-based Singer Equip- ment Co. acquired Ashland Equipment. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Warburg Pincus acquired TriMark in 2014. Since then, TriMark has grown both organically and through a variety of notable acquisitions to $1.5 billion in revenues for 2016 from $944 million in 2013. "We can now accelerate our vision as we begin this next phase of en- terprising growth," says Jerry Hyman, president and CEO of TriMark USA. Ft. Smith, Ark.-based QualServ reported revenues of $100 million in 2016, making it the country's 18th larg- est foodservice equipment and supplies dealer by sales volume, according to FE&S' Distribution Giants Study. The acquisition of Ashland expands Singer Equipment's presence in the Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia markets. Belcamp, Md.-based Ashland reported revenues of $35.1 million for 2016, making it the 45th largest food- service equipment and supplies dealer in the country, according to FE&S' Distribution Giants Study. With annual revenues of $293.92 million in 2016, Singer Equipment Co. is the 6th largest dealer in the country. Great Lakes West falls under the same corporate umbrella as Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co. For 2016, Great Lakes Hotel Supply reported annual revenues of $54.8 million, making it the country's 31st largest foodservice equipment and supplies dealer according to FE&S' 2017 Distribution Giants Study. All of the employees of Kessenich's were expected to remain with the com- pany. Cheri Martin will serve as presi- dent of Kessenich's, now an operating division of Great Lakes West. Foodservice Professionals On the Move The Ali Group North America announced a series of personnel moves. Rob August was promoted to vice president of business development. Erik Nommsen became CEO of Ali Group North America – Refrigeration Division, which includes the company's Beverage-Air and Victory Refrigeration lines. Nommsen also gained the title of CEO of the Champion Group, which includes Champion, Moyer-Diebel, Bi-Line and Trysis product lines. Will Means took over the role of gen- eral manager of Champion Industries. Mark Humenansky joined American Metalcraft, serving as southeast regional sales manager. Maurice Skidmore, vice president of American Panel Corporation's HurriChill Division, has retired after 12 years with the company. Mark Fogarty has joined American Panel as the manufacturer's national sales manager. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar introduced Stephen Bulgarelli as the casual dining chain's vice president and chief culi- nary officer. Bulgarelli most recently spent seven years with Chili's, the last five as vice president of food and beverage. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. named Rob Lynch to the role of president, a new position for the company. Previously he served as chief marketing officer and brand president for Arby's. Avanti Restaurant Solutions named Chris Mazzilli director of sales for the California-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership. Restaurant industry veteran Julie Hauser-Blanner was named the president of Brioche Doree in the U.S. She will lead the U.S. launch of the brand. Clabo USA named Tony Valvo director of sales for the manufacturer of refriger- ated display cases for such menu items as gelato, pastry, deli and chocolate. Brandon Coleman was named brand president of Del Frisco's Grille. Stephen Joyce became CEO of The Association of Healthcare Foodser- vice presented its 2017 Lifetime Achieve- ment Award to Dan Henroid, director of Nutrition & Food Services, sustainability officer, University of California San Fran- cisco Health. Seen here, Patti Oliver of UCLA Health System (left) and Julie Jones of Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center present Henroid with his award. AHF Lifetime Achievement Award

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