July 17, 2013
Star Manufacturing Names Easterday VP of Sales and Marketing
Mark Easterday is the new vice president of sales and marketing for the Star Group, a part of Star Manufacturing. Easterday is responsible for leading the sales and marketing strategy for the commercial foodservice brands Star, Holman and Toastmaster as well as managing the day-to-day sales activities and sales personnel.
Huddle House Names New CDO
Huddle House named Jonathan Benjamin its chief development officer.
This Week in Foodservice: Retail Sales Turn Soft in June but Restaurant Sales Remain in Positive Territory
Restaurant and bar sales posted stronger results in June than they did in the same period last year. At the same time, individual restaurant operators continue to look for new ways to deal with the Affordable Care Act.
QualServ Adds Green to Leadership Team
QualServ Corporation named Bob Green its new chief operations officer. His background includes serving in senior level operations roles with Cooper Bussman, Standex International, and most recently as vice president of operations Asia for Ryerson China.
Sizzling Better Burger Chain: Slater’s 50/50
Slater’s 50/50, a Southern California chain founded by 31-year-old entrepreneur Scott Slater, has been on an expansion kick. In fact, Slater says his goal is to become a national brand by opening a new restaurant every 90 days.
Hilario to Become Einstein Noah’s COO
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. announced that Brian Unger who, as chief restaurant officer, led company operations for the past two years, is retiring effective July 18, 2013. As part of the company’s planned executive succession, Chief Financial Officer Manny Hilario will replace Unger.
Darden Promotes a Pair of Senior Leaders
Multi-concept operator Darden Restaurants, Inc. promoted Salli Setta to president of its Red Lobster brand and Dave Pickens to chief restaurant operations officer for the company.
Mizes Becomes President & CEO for Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza
In a move to aid its national expansion efforts, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza named restaurant industry veteran Jim Mizes president and chief operating officer.
Gordon Joins HLC as District Sales Manager
Homer Laughlin China Company appointed Deborah Gordon to the newly created position of district sales manager in the company’s Northern California and Nevada territories. Gordon previously worked as a tabletop specialist for Nexus, HLC’s Northern California rep group.