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Indianapolis-based Reitano Design Group hired Lauren Charbonneau, NCIDQ to serve as a project leader working from Grand Rapids, Mich.

A quartet of company executives have completed the acquisition of Mobile Fixture from Walne Donald Jr., the longtime owner of the Alabama-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. In addition to continuing in their current roles, president Ben Whitlock, chief operating officer Keith Murray, director of sales Chris Pacey and chief financial officer Leigh Thompson now own the company.

Follett Products, a Middleby company, promoted Mike Raycher to general manager and Jeff Maybruck to senior vice president of operations.

EMC Hospitality buys Hodak Sales while PMG adds to its rep network and Limelight bolsters its line card.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management Foundation named its 2022 Board of Directors. New to the board are directors Zee Moussa of ZeeTheCook Culinary Studio and Mboone Umbima of David Rio Coffee and Tea.

Sales of foodservice equipment and supplies will increase by 11.3% in 2022, per projections from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry.

After a brief respite for the holidays, acquisition activity has kicked back into gear among service agents and parts distributors in the form of two new deals. Smart Care Equipment Solutions has acquired Superior Service of Anaheim, Calif., and Parts Town’s parent company, PT Holdings, has acquired European parts distributor REPA Group.

Multiconcept operator Bloomin’ Brands promoted Michael Healy to president of its Bonefish Grill concept, which has more than 180 units throughout the U.S.

Gerard Strong was hired as a corporate chef for Alto-Shaam, a Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Company veteran Christian Racine was named COO for Redberry Restaurants, a Canada-based franchisee of such chains as Burger King, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

Globe Food Equipment Co. promoted Jenni Bair to director of marketing and product strategy for the Dayton, Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Cal-Mil added two people to its regional sales team. Kenny Bizosky and Christina Perrino assume responsibility for the manufacturer’s Northeast and Southeast territories, respectively.

Karl Searl was promoted to president of Pitco Frialator, overseeing the operations of Middleby fryer brands Pitco, Ultrafryer and Anets, manufactured in Bow, N.H.

Kevin King will rejoin Donatos as president of the pizza chain, effective January 4, 2022. Tom Krouse, who has held the dual role of president and CEO since 2010 will remain in the latter position.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management introduced its updated board of directors, including Rob Gebhardt of JLL as its president.

Hatco Corp. promoted Cindy Cervantes to vice president and chief financial officer for the Milwaukee-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted Nikolai Hinzer. He will now serve as Europe head of sales for both the T&S and KLARCO product lines.

Mercer Culinary tapped Ryan Ivey to serve as regional sales manager for its western territory.

CFS Brands acquired Progressive Products, which manufactures the WipesPlus. Headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., the WipesPlus manufactures FDA and EPA registered and approved wet and dry wipes for foodservice areas, healthcare environments, gyms, retail, and public spaces. The company’s product line also includes dispensing solutions.

North American Kitchen Solutions Inc., a factory-direct manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, has acquired Lane Mechanical Inc., a commercial kitchen sheet metal fabricator. Lane Mechanical’s line includes commercial kitchen hoods, stainless-steel sinks, worktables, dish tables, expo lines and more.