Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

JAN 2018

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12 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • JANUARY 2018 people & events Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar named Kevin Carroll to the role of senior vice president, chief operations officer. He joined the restaurant chain in 2017 as vice president of operations. Lina Hayek became president of Celco, a Canadian foodservice equip- ment and supplies dealer. She replaces Edward "Ted" Reeser. Hayek joined the company in 2001 as a customer service representative and most recently served as vice president and general manager. In March of 2016 she joined Ted Nash as a shareholder in the company. Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to hire a new CEO. Once the company does so, Steve Ells, the fast-casual chain's chairman and CEO and founder, will become executive chairman of the Denver-based company. Richard Mazer was elected the 19th chairman of the board of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He succeeds former Dunkin' Brands CEO Jon Luther in this position. Mazer joined the CIA's Board of Trustees in 2007 and served as vice chairman for the past two years. Jeffrey Crivello was appointed CEO of Famous Dave's of America, a Minnesota- based barbecue concept. He replaces Mike Lister. Additionally, Famous Dave's ap- pointed Geovannie Concepcion to serve as its chief operating officer. Concepcion previ- ously served as the restaurant chain's chief development officer and franchising officer. Nancy Baranet has retired from Food Equipment Representatives (FER). She was one of the original partners in the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based independent manufacturers' rep firm, starting with the company in 1977. For the past 20 years Baranet worked in FER's Daytona Beach offices as a sales manager. J.R. Galardi has become president of Galardi Group, a multiconcept opera- tor that owns such restaurant chains as Tastee-Freez, Hamburger Stand and Wienerschnitzel. Galardi has spent the past 15 years working in his family's business, most recently serving as executive vice president of the privately held company. Hard Rock International named Michael Coury to the role of corporate ex- ecutive chef to lead menu development for the company's 178 Hard Rock Cafes. HHM hired Josh Levine to serve in the newly created position of senior vice president of restaurants and bars for the provider of turnkey hotel management, investment, and development services. Levine will focus on HHM's luxury Indepen- dent Collection's food and beverage outlets and offerings; eventually overseeing all res- taurants and bars under the HHM portfolio. Kitchen Brains added R. Tim Thaler to its sales team as vice president - strate- gic accounts for the maker of timers, con- trols, temperature monitoring, and IoT applications for the commercial kitchen/ foodservice industry. Thaler began his foodservice career in 1985 with Blodgett, as a technical service representative and held positions of increasing responsibility over the course of his career. Kona Grill introduced Jim Kuhn as chief operating officer for the American grill and sushi bar chain headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. A 25-plus year veteran of the restaurant industry, Kuhn most recently served as CEO for Chalak Mitra Group, responsible for company-owned and franchise restaurants of 79 domestic and international Genghis Grill locations. The Manufacturers' Agents Associa- tion for the Foodservice Industry has added James Mincks to its board of direc- tors. Mincks is a sales representative for Kelly-Mincks, a Woodinville, Wash.-based manufacturers' rep firm. He was selected by a team of his regional peers to serve a three-year term on the MAFSI board repre- senting the association's northwest region. PBAC & Associates Ltd., a New York- based independent manufacturers' rep firm, named Larry Cantamessa president. Cantamessa is a company veteran who, along with David Aitkenhead, a company vice president, became principal in the firm 10 years ago. Company founders Mi- chael Posternak and Steven Bauer remain active within PBAC, serving as chairman and vice chairman respectively. Alan Johnson was named president and CEO of Potbelly Corp., a Chicago- based sandwich chain. Johnson succeeds Michael Coyne, who has served as interim CEO. Coyne will continue to serve as the company's chief financial officer. Quaker Steak & Lube promoted Bruce Lane to vice president of opera- tions and franchise services. Lane joined the company earlier this year as vice president of franchise services. Gordon Hopkins has returned to Roy's restaurant, serving as corporate executive chef. After 30 years with Roy's, Hopkins left the Dallas-based fine-dining concept early in 2017 to pursue a new venture. In his new role Hopkins will provide strategic direction on menu development and will train and mentor new chefs for the concept, which is owned by SSCP Management. Martin Heierling will become the first-ever chief culinary officer for sbe, a lifestyle hospitality company. In his new role, Heierling will lead the culinary efforts for sbe subsidiary Disruptive Res- taurant Group's portfolio of concepts. Singer Equipment Co. hired foodser- vice industry veteran Michael Greenwald to serve as vice president. In his new role, Greenwald becomes responsible for several IT initiatives as well as supporting parts of the Pennsylvania-based dealer's contract procurement operations. Toppers Pizza named Adam Oldenburg as vice president of operations. He was previ- ously corporate operations director of the Whitewater, Wis.-based pizza chain. Foodservice Pros on the Move

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