Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FEB 2019

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people & events 12 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • FEBRUARY 2019 Foodservice Professionals on the Move Restaurant holding company ARC Group, franchisor of Dick's Wings & Grill, promoted Seenu Kasturi to CEO. He will also retain his current responsibilities of chairman and chief financial officer for the company with an expanded focus on ARC's acquisition strategy. Richard Akam will maintain his current role of chief operating officer, focusing on driving organic growth and integration of the operating subsidiaries. Dunkin' Brands Group named Jonathan Biggs its vice president, operations for Baskin-Robbins U.S. & Canada and Rick Gestring its vice president, operating system and restaurant experience for Dunkin'. Fisher Manufacturing awarded its annual culinary scholarship to Kelly Scott. For the past two years, Fisher has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America's California campus at Greystone, offering an annual $2,000 scholarship to a student who demonstrated passion and dedication toward their education and the food- service field. Barry McGowan became CEO of Fogo de Chão. Larry Johnson retired from his post as CEO and became chairman of the board for the Brazilian steakhouse chain. Huey Magoo's Chicken Tenders promoted Michael Sutter to chief operating officer from executive vice president of operations and training. The Oneida Group appointed three senior executives, all of whom have prior experience with the company. Bert Filice was named president and chief sales offi- cer. Mike Hanson and Mark Cymanski were tapped to serve as senior vice president of supply chain and vice president of procurement. Don Ochletree was named sales manager for oven manufacturer Ovention Inc. Bart Polacsek was tapped to serve as group vice president of sales and market- ing for Pitco and Blodgett. Polacsek will have oversight for domestic and national account sales for Pitco, MagiKitch'n, Anets, Perfect Fry, Blodgett, Marsal and Market Forge brands, and will lead the team of regional and national account sales manag- ers. Polacsek's foodservice industry career spans more than 20 years, including 16 years with Rubbermaid Commercial Products. Tim Casey was appointed president and CEO of Rego Restaurant Group — the fast-casual restaurant company that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. Casey previously served as president and CEO of PepperJax Grill and as president of QDOBA Mexican Grill. Earlier in his career he was a vice president at Starbucks Coffee Company. Lev Volftsun, founder and CEO of Sestra Systems, has been named to the 2018 NVTC Tech 100 list by the Northern Virginia Tech Council (NVTC), for being an individual who is driving tech innovation, implementing new solutions for his customers and leading growth in the Greater Washington Region. Jose "Pepot" Miñana was named president of Smashburger. Tom Ryan, Smash- burger founder and CEO, will take on the additional title of chief product develop- ment advisor for Jollibee Foods Corp. Global, which owns the burger chain. Southbend named Chris Reeves vice president of sales. Reeves brings more than two decades of sales experience to his new position, having previously held executive sales positions at Nor-Lake and Excell Marketing.

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