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Family-owned and -operated Antunes was recently named one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces 2016 by the Chicago Tribune. The Carol Stream, Ill., equipment manufacturer ranked 22nd out of the companies in the midsize category (250-999 employees). The list is based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, an organizational health research firm, in partnership with the Tribune. “Our team members are the heart of our company,” says Antunes CEO Glenn Bullock. “We are committed to providing a workplace environment that encourages them and supports their success so that they, in turn, can help our customers succeed.”


Who says 13 isn’t lucky? Reitano Design Group kicked off its 13th year in business December 1 and opened the doors to its new headquarters. The new location, known as Studio One, is at 302 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


Preferred Marketing Group has added Chef Lance Corralez to its culinary team as Business Development Manager and Culinary Operations. Corralez, based at the rep firm’s headquarters in Chatsworth, Calif., will oversee all operations at its 4,000 sq.ft. Culinary Lab and Education Center. He’ll work closely with the firm’s segment specialists on increasing penetration into the chain, school, hotel and institutional markets and will spearhead the group’s "engineered solutions" approach to solving customers’ operational challenges. "Chef Corralez's energy and enthusiasm will invigorate the team and accelerate Preferred Marketing Group toward even greater achievement," says President Jeff Couch.


Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ells has returned to the sole CEO role at the chain; he remains chairman of Chipotle's board. Monty Moran has stepped down from the co-CEO role and from his board seat, and will retire from Chipotle in 2017. Ells will directly oversee restaurant operations, strategic initiatives, and innovation projects at the 2,200-unit Denver chain. Chipotle also appointed four new board members, including two who are aligned with investor Bill Ackman, who owns just under 13% of company shares and put in a $1.2 billion bet that the chain can recover from its recent E. coli problems and deal with an expanding federal investigation into the norovirus outbreak in California. New board members include Robin Hickenlooper, first lady of Colorado, and returning board member Matthew Paull, senior v.p./CFO of McDonald’s Corp. from 2001-08.

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