February 10, 2016
9021Pho Prepares to Accelerate its Development Efforts
Ric Gordon is the new chief operating officer for 9021Pho, a Vietnamese and French restaurant chain based in Los Angeles. Gordon will help the company develop the 9021Pho franchise model across the country while it continues to open new company owned restaurants in Denver, Los Angeles and Minnesota.
Ali Group to Promote Ward
The Ali Group promoted Jennifer Ward to the newly created position of vice president of national accounts for Ali Group North America, effective April 1, 2016.
More Chipotle News, Wendy’s Green Footprint and More!
Rounding up Chipotle news from the past week. Foodservice employment surged in January. Wendy’s pledges to cut energy usage by 20 percent. Furniture retailer Ikea becomes a destination restaurant and much more This Week in Foodservice!
Blain Joins Uncle Maddio’s in a Development Role
Jocelyn Blain was named chief development officer for Uncle Maddio’s, a fast-casual pizza concept. In this newly created role, Blain will manage real estate, restaurant design and franchise development.
Smashburger Bolsters Its Development
Better-burger concept Smashburger hired Michael Nolan to serve as executive vice president and chief development officer.
Stero and Somat Updates Its Rep Network
Stero and Somat added Dave Swain Associates, Inc. to its network of independent manufacturers’ reps.