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TriMark USA introduced Stacey Taylor as chief supply chain officer. The Mansfield, Mass.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer also announced a series of leadership changes to its United East division.

As part of a planned leadership succession initiative, Oswalt Restaurant Supply has promoted Huff Harper to serve as president of the Oklahoma-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

Brian Shortreed has taken the helm as CEO of Long John Silver’s.

Joe Carlson will retire from his post as president of Lakeside Manufacturing/Sandstone Group effective Feb. 1, 2021. He has spent 26 years with the company.

A lot is happening in the rep world this month, including 4 Star Reps adding a principal, Eagle Frizzel and Maxwell-McKenney adding to their teams, as well as handful of rep groups updating their line cards.

Lorida Dehara was promoted to general manager of San Quirino, Italy-based Klarco, a T&S Brass company. Prior to accepting this role as general manager, Dehara served as chief financial officer, sales manager and human resources manager for Klarco.

Ali Group founder Luciano Berti passed away on Jan. 18, 2021, 8 days shy of his 90th birthday.

Rep groups Chrane Foodservice Solutions, Culinary Equipment Group, ECHO Foodservice Marketing, Elevate Foodservice Group and Limelight Hospitality add new manufacturers to their line cards, while PCH Solutions introduces a new member of its customer service group.

Mark Allen was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of procurement for Brady, a janitorial supply, equipment, and foodservice distributor.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop has acquired Wing Zone, a fast-casual chicken wing concept with 31 locations in North America and 36 abroad. The deal will create a company that will close 2020 with more than $100 million in sales system wide, per a release announcing the acquisition. Both Capriotti’s and Wing Zone are franchise-based concepts.

RealFood has acquired Foodservice Design Associates, a design consulting firm. The deal will create a company that pair’s RealFood’s hospitality design and operational advisory services with FDA’s architectural and engineering services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of a newly created position, Channel Manufacturing has expanded the role of company veteran John Ebenroth, who now assumes responsibility for the day to day operation for the manufacturer of food storage materials and equipment.

Ohio-based restaurant chain Marco’s Pizza promoted Tony Libardi to president and co-CEO. 

Polar King International appointed Rachel Giese to serve as a customer service agent for the Indiana-based manufacturer of walk-in coolers, freezers and refrigerated trailers.

Foodservice industry veteran Jill Schmidt Ventura has joined Core States Group as director of restaurants for the full-service architecture, engineering, and construction firm.

Innovative Foodservice Group hired aerospace industry veteran Bobby Hui to serve as director of operations for the Florida-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

Frank Vollkommer was appointed director of culinary industry development for Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, an accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education.

CFS Brands has acquired AyrKing, a manufacturer of food preparation equipment and related accessories.

In a deal that combines two Texas-based independent manufacturers’ rep firms, Miller & Associates has acquired E-Source. The company will now go to market as E-Source Miller.

As part of a partnership between the two Middleby-owned equipment lines, Globe Food Equipment Co. will handle the sales, marketing and distribution of Varimixer products in the U.S. This goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021.