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T&S Brass and Bronze Works hired Chuck Howell to serve as the Midwest and Canada regional sales manager for foodservice.

Minnesota-based foodservice consulting firm Rippe Associates hired Sarah Johnson to serve as an operations project manager. The company also elevated associate Eric Goodrich to associate principal.

Marius “Pepe” Griffo, a longtime member of the foodservice equipment industry has passed away due to a chronic illness. He was 82 years old.

The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management recognized 20 up-and-coming foodservice professionals with its 2021-22 Rising Stars recognition.

AutoQuotes’ parent company Revalize has received what it describes as a “significant minority investment” from Hg, a software and services investor. As part of the transaction, Revalize plans to acquire three European software companies: PROCAD Group in Germany, SpecPage in Switzerland and TENADO, also in Germany.

Electric Motor Repair Company, promoted Rick Rush to operations manager of the service agent’s DCMV branch based in Beltsville, Md.

Kyle Wilson was promoted to chef de cuisine for Middleby Culinary, which is part of Middleby Corp. Wilson works from the Middleby Innovation Kitchen, which the multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer opened earlier this year in Dallas.

Foodservice equipment manufacturer Vulcan promoted three team members and hired another.

Frank Chandler will retire from his role as president of Belshaw Adamatic, effective Dec. 31, 2021. Sam Dettloff has begun transitioning from his role as vice president of operations and engineering at Belshaw to serve as president of the Ali Group-owned company.

Gabriel Group merges with a group from Acosta Cornerstone. Alto-Shaam, Premier Metal & Glass and LTI add to their rep networks, while Greenwald Sales & Marketing adds a business development manager.

Food Service Holdings promoted Stephanie Luros-Gilbert to executive vice president, corporate growth strategy, and Mike Crider to executive vice president, operations.

Consolidation among service agents continued at a brisk pace with Tech24’s acquisition of Commercial Kitchens

As consumers continue to embrace the concept of eating local and supporting area businesses these trends continue to make their way to college foodservice operations across the country.

Alto-Shaam promoted Lucy McQuillan to the newly created role of chief commercial officer for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. She previously served as Alto-Shaam’s executive vice president of global sales.

E. Friedman Associates, a New York-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and operator of the CKitchen e-commerce site, has been sold to Vadim Zakusilo, the company’s longtime chief technology officer.

Alto-Shaam promoted Lucy McQuillan to the newly created role of chief commercial officer for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. She previously served as Alto-Shaam’s executive vice president of global sales.

As part of a series of changes to company leadership, Jonathan Gustafson has become president of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply. Jonathan, who has been with Ace Mart for more than 17 years, succeeds Paul Gustafson as president of the Texas-based dealership.

Parts Town, the Illinois-based distributor of OEM foodservice equipment parts, received what the company described as a “significant investment” from Leonard Green & Partners, a Los Angeles-based growth investment firm. Existing investor Berkshire Partners will retain its majority stake in the company, reinvesting alongside the Parts Town management team and Leonard Green.

Multiconcept operator Restaurant Brands International Inc. will acquire Firehouse Subs for $1 billion in cash. RBI’s portfolio includes quick-service restaurant chains Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons.

GJ Hart has retired from his post as CEO for Torchy’s Tacos. Mike Rypka, the founder of Torchy’s, has assumed the CEO role on an interim basis.