March 6, 2013
Graber Promoted to President of CookTek
The Middleby Corporation named Warren Graber president of CookTek Induction Systems LLC. Graber has been with CookTek since 2005, most recently as vice president of operations.
Josh Smith, Sales Representative, Bargreen Ellingson, Seattle
Josh Smith owes his career to being at the right place at the right time. After years of working odd jobs in restaurants, including dishwashing and bussing tables, Smith’s buddy invited him to help move Bargreen Ellingson’s warehouse.
This Week In Foodservice: NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index Got a Big Boost from Operators’ View of the Future
Foodservice operators’ brightened their outlook and U.S. manufacturers got a boost by companies replenishing their inventories. Despite this good news, the U.S. jobs situation remains muddled. Take it all and mix it together and you have This Week in Foodservice.
Thompson Promoted to VP, Operations at Winston Industries
Tina Thompson was promoted to vice president, operations of Winston Industries.
Homer Laughlin names new VP of Foodservice Sales
Homer Laughlin China Company (HLC Inc.) named Gene Williamson vice president of sales, foodservice division for the HLC Inc. companies that include Homer Laughlin China, Hall China, and the Kenilworth Trading Company.
Long Named VP of Integrated Systems at LCR Electronics
John Long was appointed as vice president of integrated systems at LCR Electronics in the wake of Rinaldo (Ron) Minicucci’s retirement, effective May 1. Long brings 20 years of experience in board level and embedded systems security to the position, most recently as director of product management at Radisys.
Chipotle Founder to Receive Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award
Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, was named the recipient of the 2013 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award from the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Carroll Appointed Executive Chef at Moffat
Moffat Inc. named Peter Carroll executive chef of Moffat US effective immediately.
IFMA Announced 2013 Silver Plate Award Winners
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announced the recipients of the 2013 Silver Plate Awards, which recognize excellence in eight segments of foodservice operations. One of these winners will be named the 2013 IFMA Gold Plate Award winner at the 59th Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration, May 20, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.
Pizza Hut Names New COO
Joe Kim was named COO of Pizza Hut.
Restaurant Performance Index Hits Five-Month High
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — stood at 100.6 in January, up 1.0 percent from December and its highest level since August 2012. In addition, January represented the first time in 4 months that the RPI exceeded 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.