Hanson Steps Up As New FEDA President
Jim Hanson, president of Best Restaurant Equipment & Design in Columbus, Ohio, has been elected the new president of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association.
FEDA's past-president, Bruce Gulbas, National Restaurant Supply Co., El Paso, Texas, has stepped up to the position of chairman of the board.
Other new FEDA officers include Kimberley Gill-Rimsza, Gill Group, Phoenix, as v.p.; Stephen McGarry, Paramount Restaurant Supply, Warren, R.I., as treasurer; and Jerry Hyman, TriMark USA, Attleboro, Mass., who has joined the Executive Committee as secretary.
In addition, four new members have joined the board:
- Howard Margulies - United Restaurant Equipment Co., Raleigh, N.C.
- Joe Schmitt - Rapids Wholesale Equipment, Marion, Iowa
- Mason Greene - Hotel & Restaurant Supply, Jackson, Miss.
- Garrett Mullen - Smith & Greene Co., Kent, Wash.
Papa John's Accelerates Openings
After easing up on the throttle for a couple years, pizza powerhouse Papa John's Int'l. is firmly on the gas again.
The Louisville, Ky.-based chain, operating 3,015 systemwide units at the end of 2006, reported opening 211 last year, and plans as many as 300 new units this year.
Of those, about 170 will be in the United States, and up to 130 will be international. Both those figures represent increases of about 50 over year-earlier figures.
Papa John's will continue to expand in existing markets in North America, the United Kingdom and Asia, especially China, India and Korea. In Beijing last year, the company acquired five restaurants plus a QC Center, and has plans for 25 openings in the Chinese capital over the next few years.