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Bruce Hodge, president of General Parts Group since 1998, is retiring at the end of September and will be succeeded by Gary Schermann, a 21-year company veteran currently serving as its v.p.-operations. Hodge, a veteran of more than 50 years in the industry, oversaw the Bloomington, Minn., firm’s growth to include refrigeration and HVAC equipment; its expansion to 29 locations; and the opening of its GP-PartsDirect division.

 

Grindmaster-Cecilware has elevated Kenny Stratton to the role of V.P.-National Accounts. Stratton has been with the Louisville, Ky.,  maker of beverage and cooking equipment since 2013, most recently as a national account director; he’d previously served as the company’s central U.S. area sales director. Prior to joining Grindmaster-Cecilware, Stratton was director of business development at Franke Coffee Systems and before that, a district sales manager for Bunn. Grindmaster-Cecilware, owned by Electrolux, sells products under the Grindmaster, Cecilware, Crathco, and American Metal Ware brands.

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Tony Cabrera has been hired as Cres Cor’s Western Regional Sales Manager. Cabrera joined the industry a decade ago as store manager of Orange County Restaurant Equipment and worked in the K-12 market at Chef’s Toys and FSW. He’s spent the last eight years with Ignite Food Service Solutions as a territory manager and K-12 director. Cabrera succeeds Kevin Huffman, who is retiring from Cres Cor.

 

Trevor Stretch, who joined Frontline International as a shop and service manager in 2006 and was promoted to plant manager  in ’10, is the Cuyahoga, Ohio, company’s new Director of Operations. In his new role, he oversees day-to-day operations, including supervising manufacturing and purchasing and managing production. Stretch also will prepare each department for integration with plant expansions scheduled in the spring.

 

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