Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Texas Restaurant Association gets a new chief

Richie Jackson is retiring after 34 years as CEO.


Marco’s Pizza names Jeffery Rager CFO

The industry veteran had worked with KFC, Ignite and Granite City.

Tony Darden replaces Michael Mabry, who left the burger chain to head development at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

The longtime Baltimore Colt co-founded and built the Gino’s Hamburgers chain. It was a dominant brand in the Mid-Atlantic until its conversion to Roy Rogers in the 1980s.

Marguerite Mariscal started with the David Chang-founded restaurant company as an intern in 2011.

Craig De Pratto has been with the Toronto-based fast casual since 2014.

The former Krispy Kreme executive will take over for the retiring Blaine Hurst.

The original “righteous brother” brought together a group of female foodservice executives for a story. They saw the need to become the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

Along with his brother, Paul, Bartolotta built a namesake foodservice empire that extended to 10 restaurants, catering operations and a contract management business.

Olivier Poirot will assume leadership of the contract company in North America.