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Kyle Forman has become president of Krownea New Jersey-based foodservice equipment manufacturer. He takes over from his father, Roger Forman, who served as Krowne’s president for 36 years. Roger assumed the leadership post from Peter Miller, his uncle, making Kyle the third generation to lead the family business.

Taco John’s introduced Brad Bergaus as the restaurant chain’s corporate chef.

Lancer Worldwide tapped Barney Hinkle to serve as product line director – draft systems. Hinkle’s background includes work in sports and entertainment marketing at Anheuser-Busch.

Michael Montagano was promoted to CEO of Kitchen United, a ghost-kitchen operation. In addition, Kitchen United promoted Joy Lai to COO.

Frederick “Freddy” Simon, co-founder and namesake of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers died on Oct. 25, 2020. He was 95 years old.

The members of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association elected Kirby Mallon of Elmer Schultz to serve as the organization’s president.

Multiconcept operator FOCUS Brands added Sean Wooden to its international business team. In his new role as vice president, managing director of FOCUS Brands International, Wooden will oversee the company’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa regions.

Jason Cochran, vice president of operations for Chipotle, discusses everything from lessons learned due to COVID-19 to the impact of the digital evolution on restaurant design and more in this recap of his presentation and conversation with FE&S’ Joe Carbonara during the 2020 FEDA Conference.

Fast-casual restaurant chain Dave’s Hot Chicken hired Ryan Crumley to serve as chief development officer and Tiffany Vassos to serve as vice president of design and construction for the Nashville hot chicken concept.

Planned maintenance. The words make sense at first glance, but think about them for a moment and they raise some questions: What does a planned maintenance agreement cover? How should operators choose a planned maintenance provider? And are these deals really worth the cost?

Pecinka Ferri Associates makes some personnel moves, while Limelight Industries adds to its growing line card. Plus, Elite Global Solutions recognizes some top performers from its rep network while Gaylord Industries updates its Florida representation.

Popular in bars and restaurants with strong bar programs, glasswashers allow operations to quickly clean glasses in large batches.

Ralph Brennan, a third-generation restaurateur, was elected chairman of the board of The Culinary Institute of America. He succeeds Robert Muh, an investment banker.

Sam Grano de Oro, formerly of foodservice equipment manufacturer Cadco, died on Sept. 16, 2020.

In an effort to tap into the city’s high-tech talent pool, AutoQuotes opened a new corporate office in Atlanta.

Polar King, an Indiana-based manufacturer, has formed a mobile business unit that provides 8 to 16-foot long refrigerated trailers.

Alexander Poulos was promoted to president of Jade Range and Beech Ovens, both of which are Middleby Corporation companies. Prior to his promotion, Poulos served as general manager of Jade Range.

The Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association hosted its 2020 Annual Conference remotely. One of the keynote speakers was Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell. He shared a few insights about business in today’s marketplace and how dealers can work with operators to support their businesses. What follows are a few highlights from that presentation, which was moderated by FE&S’ Joe Carbonara.

Middleby Corp. tapped Andrew Romaine to fill the newly created position of sales and culinary development manager for its Ventless Solutions Group.

Presenting a keynote presentation at the 2020 FEDA Conference was Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec Group, an IT security firm. He’s also a cast member of the television show Shark Tank.