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RATIONAL USA promoted Billy Buck to vice president of culinary for the company’s U.S. operations.

Patrick Walker was hired to fill the role of vice president of technical service for Flexeserve, a manufacturer of hot food holding equipment.

Action Sales promoted Tony Yeung to the newly created position of deputy CEO for the California-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. He previously served as the dealer’s chief operating officer.

As part of its annual recognition efforts, Excell presented Gator Chef with its 2022 Dealer of the Year Award. The dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group recognized the performance of a variety of manufacturers and dealers.

Renowned foodservice consulting firm Cini-Little hired several foodservice professionals to work at its various locations.

Danville, Pa.-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer Atlantic Culinary Environments promoted five team members to management roles.

The consolidation bug bit the manufacturers’ rep community the week of April 17.

Deborah Derby will become president and CEO of Carrols Restaurant Group, a large Burger King and Popeye’s franchisee, effective May 1. 2023. She replaces Paulo Pena, who passed away unexpectedly in December 2022.

Gary Dykstra, a longtime foodservice equipment executive, passed away on April 21, 2023. He was 68 years old.

Tuxton China tapped tabletop veteran Jeffrey Johnson to serve as director of sales.

Berner International recognizes several of its rep groups, while Insinger, Meiko and RSG update their networks. Zink also added a new leader to its hospitality business unit.

Multiconcept operator Inspire Brands promoted three company veterans to new leadership roles that impact its Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic restaurant chains as well as its corporate staff.

Michael Meche was tapped to serve as chief restaurant officer for Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Wing Zone. The chains also hired Scott Wessel to serve as chief technology officer.

Alto-Shaam promoted Brooke Wilman to the newly created role of inside sales development specialist.

Playa Bowls named restaurant industry veteran Dan Harmon as CEO of the chain specializing in superfruit bowls. Harmon succeeds Playa Bowls’ co-founder Rob Giuliani, who will continue on as the company’s chief innovation officer thus giving him a role in the concept’s strategic development.

Biscuit Belly introduced Tarah Freestone as the restaurant chain’s vice president of operations.

Fast-casual chain Chipotle Mexican Grill took the wraps off a new all-electric restaurant design, which includes all-electric equipment and systems. Specifically, the design features a smaller cookline and improved exhaust hoods compared to other Chipotle kitchens, per a company release.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named Brewability, an inclusive brewery and pizzeria, the winner of its 2023 Kitchen Storage Makeover contest. 

In the latest in a series of personnel moves for the foodservice equipment manufacturer, Tyler George has joined Carpigiani North America as West Coast business development manager.