Hot Stuff Foods announced that Jim Ilaria, board member and principal of Allied Capital, has become interim CEO following the departure of CEO John Fontana.
“Allied Capital remains committed to Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri’s and its future growth,” said Ilaria, “and we are poised for even greater growth with key members of the executive team who remain at the helm.”
John Barber, who was Hot Stuff’s executive vice president, has been promoted to chief customer officer at Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri’s.
In his new position, Barber will oversee the functional departments of sales, franchise care and development, operations and marketing, including research and development, innovation and brand advertising.
“Our vision, passion and direction is clear,” Barber said. “Hot Stuff Foods Lettieri’s: one company, two great brands, one purpose. And that purpose is to drive revenue, profitability and customer satisfaction by providing our Hot Stuff franchisees and Lettieri’s customers the best tasting ‘On-the-Go’ food in the industry.
“Hot Stuff Foods pioneered and defined grab-n-go in the convenience category over 25 years ago,” Barber said. “Today, more than ever, our foodservice solutions from both Hot Stuff Foods and Lettieri’s are key enablers to driving food service profitability to large chains and independent operators alike.”
Barber has already put in place key programs and people including the immediate promotion of Tom Bale to senior vice president of franchise development at Hot Stuff Foods.
“Tom will lead our Franchise Care and Development organization which includes development, training, and store consultation services,” Barber said. “Tom is a seasoned veteran of ‘On-the-Go’ foodservice and is committed to our culture of supporting our franchisees with the best service and best tasting food in the industry. His primary focus will be to drive profitable revenue for all of our franchise partners.”