From the Publisher: Forging Ahead

It was my hope that being just three months away from the start of 2021, we would have more clarity on the fourth quarter by now, not to mention the year ahead. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. What is clear is that we all must continue to move forward with our businesses if we expect our companies to continue to thrive.

I have made mention in past publisher’s notes that at Foodservice Equipment Reports, we continue to invest heavily in our company, crisis or not, which is also an investment in the entire foodservice community. From our redesigned magazine, innovative advertising approaches that include our recently created digital and print subscription packages, completely reimagined website that launched just last month, and virtual conferencing platform we created from the ground up, FER continues to help spread the word about new product introductions and initiatives to help you run your businesses better. Please know we continue to be here for you and our industry.

Like many of you, I could not be more proud of how the FER staff has stepped up in these unprecedented times. Even though we all are dealing with extreme change, not just in our work environments but our personal lives as well, our team has met each challenge with excitement, enthusiasm and an amazing passion. It makes me proud to work with them and work in this industry, and it reminds me each and every day that there are better times ahead, we just need to stay focused on growing our business in the present.

Our 2021 media kit and editorial calendar will be posted to our site soon. If you’re interested in advertising with us, check it out. In the meantime, let us know how you’re doing and what you are up to and most importantly, let’s keep planning for the future!

Stay healthy and stay safe,

Randy Hano
President & Publisher

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Qdoba Welcomes New Franchise Development Chief

Peter Ortiz brings 30 years of experience to the role,.

Wendy's announced the appointment of Kevin Vasconi as chief information officer, effective today. He will report to president and CEO Todd Penegor and serve on Wendy's senior leadership team. Prior to joining Wendy's, Vasconi served as executive vice president, chief information officer at Domino's Pizza, Inc. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2019 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S. in 2019, Domino's generated over 65% of sales via digital channels. At Wendy's, Kevin will assume responsibility for all aspects of Wendy's global technology efforts, including Consumer-facing Digital, restaurant technology, enterprise architecture and technology, and information security. "Digital technology is a critical growth driver for Wendy's today and will be in the future," said President and CEO Todd Penegor. "Kevin Vasconi is an ideal leader to join our organization and help us advance to the next level. We are confident that his industry-leading experience will help to accelerate the growth we have already seen across technology channels in 2020, and he will lead a talented and well-resourced team focused on the substantial opportunities we see across the globe." "It's incredibly exciting to join The Wendy's Company in this next chapter of my career," said Vasconi. "The great potential for technology transformation at Wendy's, combined with the brand's 50-year heritage for quality and innovation tell me that the future is bright at Wendy's

Former Domino’s CIO Joins Wendy’s

Burger chain says Kevin Vasconi will oversee restaurant technology, and consumer-facing digital tech.


Former Burger King Honcho Joins BurgerFi

Growing burger chain enlists industry veteran with long track record of franchise development