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.
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.
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.
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.
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.