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Bryan Waechter has joined Refrigerated Solutions Group as vice president of foodservice national accounts. He joins RSG after having spent the past 19 years with Illinois Tool Works (ITW).

Eric Martino was named president of the MINA Group, the hospitality group founded by award-winning chef Michael Mina.

Michael Torrescano was introduced as vice president of sales for Flexeserve, a manufacturer of hot food holding equipment.

TriMark USA promoted company veteran Tom Wienclaw to chief executive officer for the Massachusetts-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. This marks Wienclaw’s second promotion in less than a year. In September 2022 Wienclaw assumed the role of TriMark president.

The National Association of College & University Food Services honored the contributions of five individuals with its annual awards and recognized the culinary excellence of six chefs via its annual competition. The organization also recognized six-member institutions with its Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards and Sustainability Award.

Sellars Absorbent Materials added three people to its sales and marketing teams. Michelle Gross now serves as vice president of marketing while Larry Cook now serves as vice president of commercial sales and Paul Ihde is director of commercial sales.

Electrolux, PizzaMaster and Quantum Foodservice update their rep networks, while Premier Foodservice Group and Wallin Foodservice Resources add to their line cards. And Rep Concepts adds to its team.

Matt Delgado was named director of food and beverage for Panzano, a Denver-based Italian restaurant that is part of the Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants portfolio. He most recently served as the restaurant’s assistant general manager.

Flexeserve, Refrigerated Solutions Group, Duke and Thermodyne announce updates to their teams.

Former Reynolds Consumer Products executive Craig Cappel was named chief executive officer of Hoffmaster Group, Inc., a manufacturer of disposable tableware products. Hoffmaster is a portfolio company of Wellspring Capital Management and Gamut Capital Management.

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) presented its Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award to David L. Annis, director of dining services at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. This is the association’s highest honor.

Multiconcept operator Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group promoted Elizabeth McGee to chief executive officer. McGee joined the company in November of 2022 as chief operating officer.

Kessenich’s, a Madison, Wis.-based foodservice equipment dealer, hired Rachael Schneider to serve as an account executive. She will serve Kessenich’s customers in the Milwaukee area.

Refrigerated Solutions Group, the parent company for refrigeration lines Master-Bilt and Norlake, hired Steve Chappell to serve as vice president of sales, food retail.

Thermodyne Foodservice Products hired Randy Fisher to serve as director of culinary operations. In his new position, Fisher will oversee and manage all culinary activities at Thermodyne, per a company release.

Mohaimina Haque was appointed interim CEO of Romacorp, the parent company of Tony Roma’s, Tony Roma’s Legendary Grill and Tony Roma’s Bones & Burgers.

Taco Bell executive Julie Felss Masino will succeed Sandra Cochran as president and chief executive officer of casual dining chain Cracker Barrel.

It would seem that sales of foodservice equipment and supplies continue to gradually settle back into the industry’s normal, pre-pandemic growth levels, per the latest data from the Manufacturers’ Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry (MAFSI.)

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Winco acquired Bar Maid Corp., a producer of products for bars, restaurants, hotels, convention facilities and event catering. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Middleby added to its portfolio by acquiring TERRY Water Treatment Solutions.