Apex Restaurant & Market Solutions hired Blake Hammond to serve as executive chef for its Elite Cuisine corporate dining and catering services.
Rippe Associates, a Minneapolis-based foodservice design firm, has updated its ownership group to include a trio of company veterans: Christine Guyott, FCSI, RDN, executive principal; Eric Goodrich, principal and Kate Lint, director of operations. Steve Carlson continues with Rippe Associates as the firm’s president and part of the ownership group.
Marcelo Podesta assumed the role of president for TAKKT Foodservices, parent company for foodservice equipment and supplies dealers Central Restaurant Products and The Hubert Company. He also serves as president of TAKKT’s Office Furniture and Display division.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza promoted longtime company leader Jim Metevier to serve as chief executive officer. Metevier had served as Mountain Mike’s president and chief operating officer since 2018 and his resume includes more than 30 years in the restaurant industry.
Zepole Restaurant Supplies & Equipment named Anne Gadon, CFSP, its business development consultant for the equipment and supplies dealer based in Bolingbrook, Ill. She most recently served as a dealer sales rep at Zepole for more than a decade.
The National Restaurant Association Show named 25 products from 24 companies as the recipients of its 2024 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Determined by a panel of independent judges, these awards honor foodservice equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity in commercial kitchens.
Carpigiani North America appointed Brian Smetana as vice president sales, strategic accounts, for the Ali Group company.
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers introduced its trio of new officers.
Hoshizaki America promoted Steve Wright manager, strategic dealers, hired John Blizzard to serve as manager of strategic sales and named Kevin Geyer an area sales manager.