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Roomle and Kitchautomation have developed a partnership that will assist the way foodservice operators and the supply chain work together to design commercial kitchens and specify equipment, supplies and more. The intent of the partnership is to further collaboration among foodservice operators, designers, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers' reps and others involved in the design process.

Glen McIntosh was introduced as chief supply chain officer for Michigan-based pizza chain Little Caesars.

Mikasa Hospitality added three new members to its foodservice sales team: Mary Agnes Palumbo, Jean Fritsche and Michael Butler.

Paul Henry was named director of food and beverage for The Virginian, a Fairfax, Va.-based senior living community. In his new role Henry will create a signature dining experience and manage restaurant operations for the resort-style community.

Franke Foodservice Systems added Peter Revesz and Rick Seiss to its executive leadership team.

New York-based manufacturers’ rep firm BSE Marketing is expanding into MAFSI region 2 (upstate New York and Western Pennsylvania) through the formation of a new division, known as BSE North.

Kasey Christensen was promoted to president of Arctic Circle, a restaurant chain with locations in the western U.S. He served as Arctic Circle’s COO since 2015. In 2016, Christensen introduced Arctic Circle’s charitable giving structure known as Arctic Cares.

Joe Guith was promoted to category president, restaurant brands for Focus Brands. He previously served as president of McAlister’s Deli, one of the restaurant chains Focus Brands owns.

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers introduced restaurant industry veteran Chris Dull as the fast-casual chain’s CEO. Dull joins the industry-leading fast-casual franchise on the heels of its recent acquisition by private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners in March of 2021.

In a deal that unites two publicly traded foodservice equipment manufacturers, The Middleby Corporation will acquire Welbilt in an all-stock transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2021. The boards of directors for both companies have approved this deal, per a Middleby release.

The members of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice elected three individuals to officer positions and three more to serve at-large positions on the organization’s board of directors. 

While navigating the past year, restaurant operators have had to deal with countless unforeseen challenges.

Avant Sales and Marketing expands its line card, while Channel Manufacturing, Equipex and Winholt update their rep networks. And Kelly-Mincks adds a business development manager.

Jeremy Vitaro was appointed chief development officer for Little Caesars. In his new role, Vitaro will focus on new unit growth both domestically and abroad.

Welbilt will become the distributor of Nuovair blast chillers in the U.S. and Canada. The multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer will also distribute AeroTherm, a portable air purifier, in the U.S.

Former Panera executive John McKay was appointed vice president of real estate and development for multiconcept operator Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group.

Kristin Beringson was appointed executive chef for Henley, an American brasserie in Nashville’s Kimpton Aertson Hotel.

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop hired Hilary Street as director of operations for North America. Street comes to Brooklyn Dumpling Shop from Dos Tacos Taqueria, where she served as vice president of operations for the quick-serve Mexican concept.