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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Leadership

Fiesta Restaurant Group hires industry vet for CFO post

Dirk Montgomery has served as chief financial officer for Hooters International and Bloomin’ Brands.

Emerging Brands

How a snack-sized offering is helping Dill & Parsley grow

Created by accident, the Mediterranean fast casual’s “minibowls” are now drawing mega sales.

Carl Bachmann will oversee the Jollibee Foods Corp.-owned fast casual as it grows.

Michael Haracz is known for his work developing the chain’s popular Buttermilk Crispy chicken line.

Former Food Network host Willie Degel is growing his upscale-casual concept by giving diners more reasons to stop in.

The industry vets will oversee operations and development in the West, Central Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic.

The legacy brand had been closing units, but it’s now looking to grow, while also giving fast casual another shot.

The Korean fried chicken concept has hired Greg Buchanan as senior vice president and Bryan Shin as CFO.

The company awarded an extra week’s pay to 2,600 employees under its new program, and it says the effort is decreasing turnover.

The virtual kitchen operator is hosting two-day culinary boot camps to train—and in many cases hire—new employees.

Gibbs, a 30-year veteran of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC parent, takes over for Greg Creed, who is retiring at the end of the year.

The sandwich chain’s Home in the Zone contest will reward one winner with a new house within a Jimmy John’s delivery radius.

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