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Mike Conway has joined Vulcan as a business development manager, serving as a sales expert and lead for the foodservice equipment manufacturer’s fryer, griddle and charbroiler lines.

Follett Products, a Middleby company, promoted Mike Raycher to general manager and Jeff Maybruck to senior vice president of operations.

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation introduced their 2022 board officers and directors.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management Foundation named its 2022 Board of Directors. New to the board are directors Zee Moussa of ZeeTheCook Culinary Studio and Mboone Umbima of David Rio Coffee and Tea.

Shawn Thompson was named CEO for Pieology, a 130-unit pizza chain.

After a brief respite for the holidays, acquisition activity has kicked back into gear among service agents and parts distributors in the form of two new deals. Smart Care Equipment Solutions has acquired Superior Service of Anaheim, Calif., and Parts Town’s parent company, PT Holdings, has acquired European parts distributor REPA Group.

Jaime Nau was promoted to president of global and strategic accounts for Middleby Corp., an Elgin, Ill.-based multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Gerard Strong was hired as a corporate chef for Alto-Shaam, a Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Alto-Shaam appointed Ben Leingang to the newly created role of associate director of national accounts.

Globe Food Equipment Co. promoted Jenni Bair to director of marketing and product strategy for the Dayton, Ohio-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Gene Stein was named chief operating officer for The Peach Cobbler Factory, a Nashville-based family-style dessert shop.

Karl Searl was promoted to president of Pitco Frialator, overseeing the operations of Middleby fryer brands Pitco, Ultrafryer and Anets, manufactured in Bow, N.H.

Carpigiani North America, an Ali Group Company, introduced Josanne Kanipe as director of business development for the frozen dessert machine manufacturer.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management introduced its updated board of directors, including Rob Gebhardt of JLL as its president.

WOWorks introduced David Farris as chief development officer.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted Nikolai Hinzer. He will now serve as Europe head of sales for both the T&S and KLARCO product lines.

David Ben Grife has joined Glastender as director of sales for the Michigan-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

CFS Brands acquired Progressive Products, which manufactures the WipesPlus. Headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., the WipesPlus manufactures FDA and EPA registered and approved wet and dry wipes for foodservice areas, healthcare environments, gyms, retail, and public spaces. The company’s product line also includes dispensing solutions.

Indianapolis-based Reitano Design Group hired Lauren Charbonneau, NCIDQ to serve as a project leader working from Grand Rapids, Mich.

A quartet of company executives have completed the acquisition of Mobile Fixture from Walne Donald Jr., the longtime owner of the Alabama-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. In addition to continuing in their current roles, president Ben Whitlock, chief operating officer Keith Murray, director of sales Chris Pacey and chief financial officer Leigh Thompson now own the company.