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Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named the five foodservice professionals that are the recipients of its 2020 Top Achiever Awards. These awards recognize excellence among foodservice consultants, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers’ reps, operators and service agents.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies will present Harry Schildkraut, FCSI, principal and owner of S2O Consultants, with the magazine’s 2020 Hall of Fame Award.

Kathy Langlois will join the Zoomba Group team – publisher of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies and restaurant development + design – as vice president, effective February 14. In this newly created position, she will report to CEO and Founder, Maureen Slocum.

In a move that enhances its product knowledge in the furniture area, independent manufacturer’s rep firm The Zink Corporation has acquired John Manson & Associates.

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Unified Brands promoted Kellie Wood to director of marketing and hired Chad Huber to serve as chain account manager.

Company veteran Erica Havers was promoted to president of Blodgett Oven Group. In her new role Havers will direct and oversee the Middleby brands Blodgett, Perfect Fry, Marsal and BKI, all of which are manufactured in Essex, Vt.

When Sinelli Concepts International acquired Paciugo Gelato Caffe in January 2018, it wasn’t buying just another brand for a portfolio that includes fast-causal sandwich chain Which Wich. It was choosing a partner for Which Wich, one that could expand its hours of operation and grow both businesses.

Multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer Welbilt hired Keri Llewellyn to serve as senior vice president, global business development.

Carpigiani North America appointed Kami Poppen to serve as vice president of sales and marketing. In addition to overseeing sales and marketing efforts for the Ali Group Company, Poppen will manage Carpigiani’s the distributor network, key accounts, and educational programs including Gelato University and Frozen Dessert University.

Axel Beck was named executive vice president of ITW Food Equipment Group, a multi-line foodservice equipment manufacturer. Beck succeeds Lei Schlitz, who will now lead ITW’s automotive OEM segment.

Bojangles’ hired chef Marshall Scarborough to serve as the chain’s vice president of menu and culinary innovation. Scarborough comes to Bojangles' from Wendy’s, where he led a team of chefs and food scientists in designing new menu items.

Boston Market promoted Eric Wyatt to chief executive officer. He replaces Frances Allen, who is leaving the restaurant chain to pursue a new venture, per a company release.

Rōti Modern Mediterranean appointed Justin Seamonds to serve as chief executive officer of the Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant chain.

No matter the foodservice operation, it’s a sure bet that the grill station serves as heart of the kitchen. More often than not, this area encompasses the culinary team using charbroilers and flattop griddles in tandem to prepare a majority of menu items.

Ben Leingang joins the Alto-Shaam as a corporate executive chef for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies named Mobile Fixture the 2020 winner of the magazine’s prestigious Dealer of the Year Award.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works appointed Nikolai Hinzer to serve as regional sales manager for Europe.

Dan Montgomery was appointed to the newly created position of senior manager for consultant services for Vulcan Cooking, North America.

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation named their 2020 board officers and directors. Melvin Rodrigue, president and CEO of Galatoire’s Restaurants, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors, and Stan Harris, president and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, will serve as chair of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

Samantha Slocum joins editorial team, creating original content for Zoomba Group’s digital and social media platforms.