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Apex Restaurant & Market Solutions hired Blake Hammond to serve as executive chef for its Elite Cuisine corporate dining and catering services.

Multiconcept operator SPB Hospitality named Amanda Hyde senior vice president of operations for its Krystal chain.

Premier Foodservice expands its roster as well as its territory. Chrane and PRNW add to their line cards while Winston welcomes a pair of new rep firms. Also, Thermo-Kool updates its rep network.

El Pollo Loco tapped Elizabeth Williams to serve as the company’s chief executive officer, effective March 11, 2024.

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.

Curate, Fischer Group, Gabriel Group and Premier Foodservice Group make new hires, while NBR Equipment and VENANCIO added to their rep networks.

Hoshizaki America promoted Chuck Leclerc has been promoted to regional sales director for the Northeast region and hired Tim Shipley to serve as regional sales director for the company’s Southeast region.

LTI, Inc. promoted Autumn Davis to marketing and communications manager for the Georgia-based manufacturer and designer of modular and custom serving counters, fabrication, and serving technologies.

Marcus Czapnik is the new director of outside sales for Culinary Depot, a New York-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

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.

Polar King Mobile named Danny Gaviria national sales manager for the provider of refrigerated and freezer trailers.

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Middleby named David Shave president and Andrea Coldwell general manager of its Middleby Marshall and CTX lines.

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Electrolux Professional Group appointed Derek Brodt director of customer care.

During a time when our public discourse tends to be divided, 90% of Americans can agree on one thing: they like going to restaurants.

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.

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.