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In a move that hints at the chain’s growth plans, Wingers Restaurant & Alehouse promoted Brandon Howard to president from chief operating officer for the 23-unit fast-casual chain.

Rich Entertainment Group, which comprises Rich’s sports operations, dining businesses, theater production, travel and hospitality entities, promoted Joe Segarra to president. He previously served as chief operating officer of Rich Entertainment Group and has been with the company more than 20 years.

Wing Zone tapped Derek Roback to serve as vice president of operations for the fast-casual restaurant chain.

Kevin Atkinson was named executive chef for Angeline’s and Merchant & Trade, a pair of Charlotte-based restaurants. Both concepts are owned by multiconcept operator Kimpton Restaurants.

Thermo-Kool hired Mark Fogarty to serve as national sales manager for the Mt. Laurel, Miss.-based manufacturer.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted three of its associates: Susan Albright to domestic customer service manager, Nancy White to export customer service manager and Maria Facchin to southern Europe sales manager.

Casual-dining chain Ruby Tuesday promoted company veteran George Evans to chief operating officer.

In a deal with an estimated value of $28.7 million, multiconcept operator Luby’s will sell its Luby's Cafeteria restaurant business to a newly formed affiliate of Calvin Gin. This marks the second concept Luby’s has sold in as many weeks. On June 18, Luby’s reached an agreement to sell its Fuddruckers chain to one of its largest franchisees.

Pieology appointed Bijan Sami to serve as the restaurant chain’s chief operations officer and information officer. As the title implies, Sami assumes responsibility for leading both the global operations and technology roadmap for the company.

Multiconcept operator Bloomin’ Brands promoted Mark Graff to senior vice president of business development and financial planning. Graff will lead the company’s business development team, including asset and franchise development, in addition to his existing financial planning responsibilities.

Keith Droz was appointed corporate chef for Icon Entertainment Group. In his new role, Droz will oversee food and beverage for the multi-concept operator’s various concepts, which include Skull's Rainbow RoomJohnny Cash's Kitchen & Saloon, House of Cards, Nudie's Honky Tonk and the Bongo Java Cafe at The Johnny Cash Museum.

An affiliate of Nicholas Perkins, one of the chain’s largest franchisees, will acquire Fuddruckers for an estimated $18.5 million from multiconcept operator Luby’s. The deal includes master ownership of the Fuddruckers brand worldwide. 

Nieco hired Guido Nava as vice president of sales and marketing.

In a move that signifies further integration to come, Chris Duffy was promoted to president of the Middleby Coffee Solutions Group. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategy, product development, sales, and day-to-day operations of the brands Synesso, Concordia and Bloomfield based in Seattle.

Restaurant industry veteran Jim Sullivan was appointed chief development officer for fast-casual Mexican concept QDOBA.

Capping a career that spanned 41-years with the company, Teri Brewer has retired from her post as vice president and sales/marketing manager for Thermo-Kool, the Laurel, Miss.-based manufacturer of walk-in coolers and freezers, blast chillers and shock freezers.

Blaze Pizza tapped Johnny Jones to serve as senior vice president of development for the fast-casual restaurant chain.

Following through on its efforts to build a national network of service technicians, Smart Care Equipment Solutions acquired three companies: TBS Southeast, Jaguar Coffee Company and Facility Maintenance Specialist.

S2O Consultants hired foodservice industry veteran Joe Mora to serve as a senior project manager. Mora’s foodservice industry experience spans more than 35 years, including 20 as a project designer and manager.