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Tom Bené will resign from his post as president of the National Restaurant Association and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. A 30-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, Bené is returning to the beverage distribution sector, per an NRA release announcing this news.

Rob Ertmann has joined Mo’Bettahs as president. Ertmann joins Mo’Bettahs during a planned growth spurt for the fast-casual restaurant chain that features a Hawaiian menu.

Edward Don & Company named Elias Tavarez chief financial officer and Phil Blas, regional sales manager for the Woodridge, Ill.-based foodservice equipment, and supplies dealer.

Corey Burns was appointed director of after-sales services for Carpigiani North America, an Ali Group company.

While the restaurant industry continues to its climb back from the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, lots has changed in the past year and many of those changes have staying power – including how consumers use eating and drinking establishments, according to the National Restaurant Association’s mid-year update to its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report.

Multiconcept operator Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group added the position of president to CEO Tom Vogel, the restaurant group’s CEO.

Wingstop promoted Michael Skipworth to president and chief operating officer for the chicken wing-centric restaurant chain. He replaces Mahesh Sadarangani, who resigned after being recruited to become CEO of a private equity-backed company, per a release announcing the transition.

In a move that portends growth on a national scale, commercial kitchen ventilation manufacturer Halton has acquired Nelbud Service Group, a company that specializes in fire protection, kitchen exhaust cleaning, grease trap services, and hood system repair.

Aaron Powell will become president of Yum! Brands’ Pizza Hut division, effective Sept. 20.

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers tapped co-founder Scott Redler to fill the newly created role of chief experience officer.

4-Star Reps and Ignite added to their teams, while BSE North adds to its line card and Limelight opens another test kitchen in Wisconsin. Plus, the Mirk Group opens in the Chicago suburbs.

The Association for Healthcare Foodservice recognized the accomplishments and contributions of some of its members and vendor partners with a series of annual awards.

La Madeleine French Bakery & Café opened three of ten planned express units in North Texas Walmart stores.

Fast-casual chain sweetgreen inked a deal to acquire Spyce, a Boston-based restaurant company powered by automation.

Pokeworks promoted Steve Heeley to CEO. He joined the company in March of 2021 as chief marketing officer.

Tom Curtis has been appointed president of Burger King U.S. and Canada. Earlier this year Curtis joined Burger King as chief operating officer.

Longtime manufacturers’ rep Jerry Yundt passed away on Aug. 2. Yundt was 80 years old. He was a principal at Jerry Yundt & Associates and spent more than 45 years in the foodservice industry.

Krowne Metal Corporation hired Jon Rodriguez to serve as western regional sales manager. The New Jersey-based manufacturer also acquired a new facility in Wayne.

Component Hardware Group will open a new distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, effective Sept. 1, 2021. In addition, CHG plans to move its corporate headquarters to Matawan, N.J.