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The Legacy Companies hired Elizabeth Price as vice president of merchandising and channel development for its commercial brands. In her role, Price will oversee several functions related to The Legacy Company’s commercial brands, including customer service, purchasing & demand planning, and product management.

Hospeco Brands Group, a manufacturer of cleaning and protection products that serves the janitorial, industrial supply, foodservice, healthcare, and hospitality markets, has promoted Brett Snow to the new position of senior director corporate accounts – janitorial/sanitary and foodservice. 

Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer Alto-Shaam made two appointments to its national accounts team: Ben Leingang was promoted to director of national accounts and Joe Arvin was appointed director of business and culinary development, national accounts.

Oswalt Restaurant Supply added Julie Luther as a sales order administrator for the Oklahoma-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. 

Longtime TriMark executive Jay Blitstein has transitioned to a new role with the company. Blitstein now serves as regional vice president for Northern California for the Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

Alto-Shaam appointed Kyle Coleman to serve as manager of regional key accounts for the manufacturer’s western U.S. territory.

Carl Bachmann will become chief executive officer of multiconcept operator BurgerFi International, Inc., effective July 10. BurgerFi International is the parent company for both the burger chain that operates under the same name as well as Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

BSE Reps, Fischer Group and Mirk Group all add to their line cards, while Preferred Source bolsters its sales team.

Larry Cantamessa, president of New York-based rep firm PBAC and Associates has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 63 years old.

Hubert Company and Central Restaurant Products hired foodservice industry veteran Rodney Bridgers to serve as vice president of merchandising.

Allied Buying Corporation, an Illinois-based dealer buying group, recognized the contributions of some of its members and vendors with its annual awards program.

National Equipment Co., a Wheeling, West Va.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, has opened a location in Morgantown. This represents the company’s second brick-and-mortar location.

Smoothie King hired Camille Hymes to serve as chief operating officer for the quick-service chain, effective June 5.

Ace Mart has acquired Lubbock, Texas-based foodservice supplies dealer Big Plate Restaurant Supply.

UNOX hired Lisa Tyler to serve as vice president – sales channel for the North Carolina-based oven manufacturer.

Emerson Climate Technologies has changed its name and will now go to market as Copeland.

Jessica Shelly, director, student dining services, Cincinnati Public Schools, was named the 2023 Gold Plate Award winner by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA).

Local Kitchens tapped former Veggie Grill co-president Jay Gentile to serve as head of operations. As his title implies, Gentile will oversee kitchen operations with a particular focus on the optimization of supply chains and the launch of new locations.

José Alberto Dueñas will take over as CEO of Panera Brands starting July 1, 2023.