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National Restaurant Association Announces New Board Members

The National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation announced the swearing in of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. Jay Stieber, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will serve as Chair of the NRA board, and Sam Facchini, co-founder/co-owner and operator of Metro Pizza, will serve as Chair of the NRAEF board.

Walk-On’s Bolsters Leadership with Internal Promotions

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar announced leadership promotions from within the team.Tony Caballero has been named vice president of operations and training for Walk-on’s Bistreaux & Bar. Caballero joined the Walk-On’s team in 2008 as an assistant general manager for the second Walk-On’s location.

Kristin Kroepfl Joins Kellogg as VP, Marketing and Sales Strategy

Kellogg’s recently announced that Kristin Kroepfl will join Kellogg as Vice President, Marketing and Sales Strategy for Specialty Channels effective January 22. In this role, Kristin will lead overall category and brand strategy for the Specialty Channels business.

California Pizza Kitchen Taps Former Ruby Tuesday Leader as CEO

California Pizza Kitchen named Jim Hyatt its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hyatt most recently held the same role at Ruby Tuesday, where he was part of the nearly 600-unit casual dining brand’s transition to a privately held company under NRD Capital.

Council of State Restaurant Associations Elects NCRLA’S Lynn Minges EVP

Lynn Minges, president and CEO of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, has been tapped to serve as Chair of the National Council of State Restaurant Associations.The Council of State Restaurant Associations fosters collaboration and coordination among its 50 state restaurant association members and works in partnership with the National Restaurant Association to support over 500,000 restaurant businesses across the United States.

Brinker Appoints Wade Allen New SVP and Chief Digital Officer

Brinker International, Inc. announced that Wade Allen has been named senior vice president and chief digital officer of the company, effective immediately. Allen will transition from David Doyle, former Brinker chief information officer, who will retire after more than 23 years with the company.

Surging Darden to Invest $20 Million in Workforce

Darden’s momentum continues to accelerate in 2018, with the company announcing Monday that it plans to invest about $20 million “in initiatives directly benefitting our workforce.” This came with news the casual dining giant was increasing its financial outlook for fiscal 2018 from $4.

How the Gig Economy Can Help Restaurants

The restaurant industry has long embraced technology, from relying on POS systems and restocking platforms to leveraging Yelp reviews and social media. Now it is beginning to capitalize on the rise of the gig economy, but not without some challenges.

Sherry Yard Named COO of iPic Entertainment

iPic Entertainment, a premier luxury restaurant-and-theater brand, announced the promotion of Sherry Yard to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for iPic Entertainment. Yard joined iPic Entertainment as SVP of Culinary Brand Development in February 2014 after consulting with the brand for a year and was appointed COO of Tuck Hospitality Group, iPic Entertainment's restaurant division October 2016.

Tomlinson Industries Announces Key Promotions

Tomlinson Industries announced the promotion of Michael Meyer to Vice President of Engineering. Prior to his promotion, Meyer served as Tomlinson’s Director of Engineering. As Vice President of Engineering, Michael Meyer will oversee engineering functions, product development, and Tomlinson’s maintenance department, and will also coordinate technical requirements for Tomlinson’s manufacturing facilities.

Huddle House Names Carl Jenkins Director of Real Estate

Huddle House announced the appointment of Carl Jenkins as Director of Real Estate.“Carl Jenkins is the perfect fit for the Huddle House team,” says Michael Abt, CEO of Huddle House. “He joins us with an expansive amount of commercial real estate experience, giving him excellent comprehension of strategic real estate sites that will allow our current and prospective franchisees to build and maximize their business’ potential.

Supply America, Inc. Promotes Holli Hall to VP of Sales

Holli Hall has been promoted to Vice President of Sales for Supply America, Inc., one of the country’s leading distributors of foodservice equipment and supplies to national chains. Hall joined Supply America in 2012 as Director of National Accounts and has distinguished herself by growing sales and accounts significantly while earning the respect of her peers and customers.