Foodservice Equipment Reports

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Winston Foodservice/Winston Industries has partnered with J. Frishman Associates (JFA), the Pompano Beach, Fla., firm founded in 2006 by John “Shamu” Frishman, to enhance the Louisville, Ky., cooking equipment manufacturer’s network of consultants and industry experts. “John brings to Winston decades of knowledge and experience, for the purpose of expanding the Winston product portfolio and assisting in our new business development efforts,” says Shaun Tanner, general manager of Winston’s Foodservice Division. “In working with John, it quickly became apparent that he fits into the Winston culture...being someone that doesn't only think outside of the box, but never actually fit in the box to begin with. While his knowledge will certainly be valuable, his approach to relationships and passion for the industry makes him a great fit to join the Winston team.”

Dorian Drake Int’l. has been appointed as a manufacturer representative for HIX Corp.’s DoughXpress line of food processing equipment worldwide, excluding the United States and Canada. The White Plains, N.Y., firm will manage export functions for the DoughXpress brand of pizza, tortilla and meat presses; flat grills; dough dockers, dividers and rounders; and bread-slicers. Dorian Drake’s Foodservice Group Manager Joe Arcovio says, “We look forward to introducing DoughXpress to distributors and dealers worldwide.

Server Products has advanced Lauren Peters to Customer Service Supervisor. Prior to her promotion, the six-year company veteran had been developing and overseeing basic training for new team members and creating new processes and procedures for the department. In her new position, Peters will expand upon these programs and will manage all day-to-day activities of the customer service team and its interactions with customers, sales reps and international distributors, as well as other internal departments at the Richfield, Wis., company.

Veteran restaurateur Jerry Comstock has signed onto TGI Fridays as President and Chief Operating Officer. Comstock previously held leadership roles at Bennigan’s, and was formerly CEO of Strategic Restaurants Corp., which owned nearly 300 Burger King restaurants and 27 TGI Fridays. Franchisees own and operate more than 90% of TGI Fridays’ 470 U.S. locations. Worldwide, the chain has more than 900 restaurants in 60 countries. In addition, Stephanie Perdue, most recently chief product marketing officer at Taco Bell, has joined TGI Fridays as Chief Marketing Officer.

Church’s Chicken has tapped Pete Servold as Executive V.P.-U.S. Operations. He previously served with the Atlanta-based chain from 2010-14 as v.p.-operations, and returns to succeed Joseph Christina, who was promoted to CEO in November 2016. Servold’s industry resume also includes 30 years with McDonald’s Corp. in various roles, culminating in v.p.-operations and franchising.

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