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Greg Baggott was named president of Cres Cor, an Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners sold Captain D’s, one of its portfolio companies, to Centre Partners. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Star Holdings Group tapped Adam Dyer to serve as group culinary and regional vice president of sales for the Midwest and Southwest regions.

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

Private-equity firm Source Capital has acquired Kitchen Brains, a designer and manufacturer of fully integrated smart cooking computers, electronic controls and software solutions for commercial foodservice operations. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

American Panel Corporation promoted company veteran Jesse Erskin to national sales manager.

Thermo-Kool promoted Melissa Harrison to inside sales manager for the Mississippi-based manufacturer of walk-in refrigeration and blast chillers/shock freezers.

IBEX named Charlie Pantelakos a business unit manager for the ITW Food Equipment Group company. Pantelakos will oversee sales education training and focus on sales growth for the brand.

The Vollrath Company hired Walter Bates to serve as east regional sales manager for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturer.

Foodservice equipment industry veteran Kevin Fink has joined Parts Town in the newly created role of senior vice president, global manufacturer partnerships for the Illinois-based OEM parts distributor.

Culinary Depot promoted Neil Posen to director of project management for the New York-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. Posen joined Culinary Depot in 2010 and previously served as a regional project manager for the company.

After a presence that spans more than 30 years, McDonald’s is about to exit the Russian market.

Refrigerated Solutions Group tapped Brian Casserilla to serve as chief operations officer. RSG manufactures foodservice equipment that goes to market under the Master-Bilt and Norlake brand names.

LTI hired Shawn Nicholas to serve as financial controller for the designer of modular and custom serving counters.

Apparently, multiconcept operator FAT Brands has a sweet tooth as the company has struck a deal to acquire the 85 franchised chain of stores known as Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip from Crest Foods. As part of the deal, FAT Brands will rebrand the locations as Great American Cookies, which is one of its portfolio brands.

Multiconcept operator Focus Brands hired Tracey Young to serve as chief brand officer for Cinnabon and promoted Jim Salerno to chief brand officer for Carvel.

Two longtime manufacturers’ reps, Edward Pecinka Sr. formerly of Pecinka Ferri and Dick Wiczek of Wiczek & Associates have passed away.

Clean Juice hired Tripp Setliff to serve as chief operating officer for the organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant concept.

Lance Trenary, president and CEO of Golden Corral was named the 2022 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

Smart Care Equipment Solutions has acquired Almcoe Refrigeration Company, a Texas-based, family-owned service agency specializing in refrigeration for commercial, retail, and industrial cold storage operations.