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Webb Foodservice Design Consultants has acquired Dieli Murawka Howe, a foodservice design firm with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The National Restaurant Association presented the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Leader to Dr. Al Baroudi, MS, Ph.D., CFS, vice president of food safety and quality assurance for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop appointed Chef Josh Diekman to serve as director of culinary and executive chef for the Texas-based restaurant chain.

Chuck E. Cheese Entertainment introduced Mario Centola as executive vice president and chief operating officer of international operations and Chuck E. Cheese worldwide franchise development.

Combi oven manufacturer Eloma USA made two changes within its sales and marketing organization. Matthew Auck was named vice president of sales and marketing and Jason Jones was appointed sales manager for the Ali Group company.

Refrigerated Solutions Group tapped David Shirk to serve as strategic account manager.

Alto-Shaam appointed Paris Dreibelbis to serve as a corporate chef for the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Edlund promoted David Sebastianelli to senior vice president of international sales and marketing for the Vermont-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. He previously served as Edlund’s vice president of sales and marketing.

Blake Kuhlenschmidt has joined Tech24 as vice president, corporate development for the fast-growing service agent.

Quick-service-restaurant industry veteran Mark Kocer was named chief operating officer for Taco John’s, a chain with nearly 400 restaurants spanning 22 states. 

Hatco Corp. hired foodservice industry veteran Stuart Sharp to serve as dealer sales manager.

C&T Design and Equipment Company, an Indianapolis-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer, has acquired the assets of JME Hospitality Marketing, LLC, a foodservice design consultant.

Abigail Hayden was introduced as the national sales manager for Structural Concepts, a Michigan-based manufacturer.

Christopher Heina, president of Cobblestone Ovens, passed away on Oct. 2, 2022. He was 48 years old.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies hired Simon Foote to serve as a sales manager. Foote will lead the company’s national inside sales and regional sales departments.

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association recognized the “achievements of its distributor and manufacturer members” with the organization’s annual Gold Awards program. FEDA also updated its board of directors, which included the introduction of Dave Stafford as chairman of the board.

Former Chipotle executive Jason Cochran has joined American West Restaurant Group as chief executive officer. AWRG is a large Pizza Hut franchisee.

Hatco Corp. has acquired American Range, a manufacturer of commercial and residential cooking equipment. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tech24 acquired TEK Express, a service agent serving the New York City market working on commercial cooking and refrigeration equipment.

Longtime company executive Rusty Bills was promoted to chief operating officer for Wienerschnitzel, a California-based hot dog chain. Bills succeeds J.R. Galardi, who was promoted to president and chief executive officer for Wienerschnitzel in February.