Industry Moves & Promotions:

  • BK Resources has named Chicago-based PB&J Commercial Agents as its top-performing rep group for the 2016.  Carl Boutilier and PJ Lamb have been representing BK Resources, a maker of stainless steel tables, sinks, and faucets in MAFSI region 17 for nearly three years.


  • Electrolux Professional North America has strengthened its sales team with two new Territory Sales Managers, Roger Kenney and Isaac Kim. Kenney, now with oversight of the Northeast, joins Electolux after a long career in Raleigh, N.C., as regional sales manager for Taylor Freezer and Lainox Cooking Solutions.  Kim, previously strategic national accounts director of Turbo Air, heads up the west region. Lexington, S.C.-based Carolina Marketing and its staff—Tom Taylor, Rob Ducsay, Doug Jones, Benji Berry, Codie Buffington, Verdelle Nichols and Bonnie Taylor—has been hired to represent Electrolux brands in North and South Carolina. And current upstate New York rep firm J. Wilson Marketing will also become a distributor of the company’s Kelvinator Commercial brand of commercial refrigeration products.


  • Former Smashburger CEO Michael Nolan has joined Pieology as president. Nolan has more than 25 years of restaurant industry experience, including tenures at Corner Bakery Cafe, Bloomin’ Brands, and Panera Bread Co. The fast-casual Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., chain has 135 locations nationwide, with 50 restaurant openings planned in 2017. Last year, citing consolidation as the future of the fast-casual pizza segment, the founders of Panda Restaurant Group, invested in Pieology and acquired competitor Project Pie.  


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Mici Handcrafted Italian Signs First Franchise Deal

The brand announced it signed its first franchise deal with Black Bear Diner and Smashburger franchisees Lucas Farnham and David Doty to bring 30 Mici locations to the Phoenix market.

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New CaliBurger Location Goes Heavy on the Tech

The latest CaliBurger restaurant is coming with a cook already in the kitchen.

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