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Joe Adney joins Black Bear as CMO

The fast-growing chain has also hired a VP of training and development.
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Black Bear Diner has added another executive to its growing leadership team with the appointment of Joe Adney as CMO.

Simultaneously, the fast-growing family chain announced that it has hired Camille Chavez as VP of training and development. 

The hirings are part of Black Bear’s effort to build an infrastructure to support the brand’s expansion. Black Bear said it has opened 19 units this year, expanding its scope to 138 restaurants in 14 states.

Adney has worked for a number of other family restaurant brands, including Shari’s, Bob Evans and IHOP. He will be responsible for all of Black Bear’s marketing and advertising efforts, the chain said. 

Chavez will be responsible for developing and implementing training programs for the chain. She joins Black Bear after serving as director of training for Farmer Boys, a burger chain concentrated in Southern California. 

In October, Black Bear hired Steven Sparks as CFO. The duties of that post had formerly been shouldered by President Anita Adams. 

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