Exec Team Elevated To Keep Hot Stuff/lettieri's Growing Forward

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hot Stuff Foods® announced that Jim Ilaria, board member and principal of Allied Capital, is Interim CEO following the departure of 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 has served as Hot Stuff's Executive Vice President, has been promoted to Chief Customer Officer - Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri's. In his new position, Barber will oversee the functional departments of Sales, Franchise Care & Development, Operations and Marketing, including R&D, Innovation and Brand Advertising. "Our vision, passion and direction is clear," noted Barber, "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. 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, Franchise Development, Hot Stuff Foods.

"Tom will lead our Franchise Care and Development organization which includes Development, Training, and Store Consultation Services" noted Barber, " 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." Hot Stuff Foods® franchises and/or licenses its branded food concepts including Hot Stuff Foods®, SmashHits Deli™ and Hot Stuff Food On the Go® in over 1200 locations throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Hot Stuff Foods® also offers Lettieri's Food To Go™ through distributors across the United States. For more information and franchising on any Hot Stuff Foods brands, go to these websites - www.hotstufffoods.com or www.lettieris.com or call 877-841-1431 (Hot Stuff Foods), or 866-707-8466 (Lettieri's).

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