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Kappus Company tapped Paul Geist to serve as general manager for the Ohio-based foodservice equipment provider and service agent.

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

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Alto-Shaam made a trio of updates to its national accounts team.

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.

Micro Matic reached an agreement to acquire Disptek Group. The deal is expected to close by August 31, 2023.

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.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux appointed Kendall Ware as chief operating officer for the sports bar and restaurant chain. He joins Walk-On’s roughly 30 days after the chain introduced Chris Dawson as its chief executive officer.

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

Cal-Mil added two regional sales directors: Claudia Harry and Ryan Weigel. Harry now represents Cal-Mil in its Southeastern territory and Weigel in the manufacturer’s Northeast territory.

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.

Damola Adamolekun has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Rohit Manocha, a shareholder representative and P.F. Chang’s board member since 2019, will serve as interim CEO as the company’s board of directors looks for Adamolekun’s successor.

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.

Multiconcept operator Bloomin’ Brands promoted Sheilina Henry to president of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar chain.

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.

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Duke Manufacturing hired Nedra Sadorf to serve as the company’s newly created chief marketing officer.

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

Zepole Restaurant Supply Co., a Bolingbrook, Ill.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer opened a branch location in St. Cloud, Minn.

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.

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.

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