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Restaurant industry veteran Kim Boerema was appointed president of cafe operations for Hard Rock Cafe

Foodservice consulting firm Cini•Little International has expanded into the Charlotte, N.C., market with the addition of Lisa Paige-Pretorious.

Smart Care promoted Gyner Ozgul to chief operating officer and Christopher Buschmann to chief information officer for the Minnesota-based commercial kitchen equipment service agency.

Mulitiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group has acquired KOLD-DRAFT from The Legacy Companies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

An Ohio rep firm changes its name, while Texas rep firms Chrane Foodservice Solutions and EPI add to their teams. Also, foodservice equipment manufacturers Forza Forni, RSG and Wood Stone up their rep networks.

In a deal involving two of the top 100 foodservice equipment and supplies dealers in the country, Singer Equipment Company has acquired Thompson & Little. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Five foodservice equipment manufacturers were among the 206 organizations and businesses honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its 2021 Energy Star Awards.

The National Restaurant Association and SmartBrief introduced the 20 recipients of the inaugural Innovation Awards for Foodservice. The honorees represent innovative new or updated products and services that exemplify adaptability and resilience in three categories: sustainability, technology, and safety and health. This year’s winners include innovations developed by foodservice operators, equipment and supplies manufacturers and others.

Mike Burkett, founder of Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, passed away on March 29, 2021. He was 63 years old.

Bloomin’ Brands promoted Lissette Gonzalez to senior vice president, supply chain. Gonzalez joined the Florida-based multiconcept operator in 2014 and was promoted to vice president of global procurement in 2019.

Neven Stanisic, a technician with KD Service, a Colorado-based service agent, passed away on March 22. He was one of 10 victims in the mass shooting at King Soopers in Boulder, Colo.

Boston Showcase Company hired Angelo Sodano to serve as a project design specialist for the Newton Highlands, Mass.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer.

As part of its annual recognition efforts, Nissco Restaurant Dealer Group presented Denver Cutlery with the organization’s Dealer of the Year Award. The dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group recognized the performance of a variety of manufacturers and dealers.

Chris Karssiens was appointed interim president of Hoshizaki America. He replaces James McDowell, who left the company for personal reasons, per a release announcing the transition.

Former Cheesecake Factory executive Michael Moore was named chief operations officer for Parched Hospitality Group, a New York City-based multiconcept operator.

Sandra Trimble joins Winholt as East Coast regional sales manager for the New York-based manufacturing firm.

Pokeworks named Michael Walters the chain’s chief operating officer and hired Larry Sidoti to serve as chief development officer. Walters served as Pokeworks’ interim COO since September 2020.

Kitchens To Go, a division of GRS Holding LLC, was acquired by Mobile Modular Management Corporation.

Timothy Hinton is the new national fleet manager for Polar Leasing, which offers mobile walk-in cooler rental units.