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    Hot Stuff Names New Exec Team

    Chief customer officer Barber and senior VP Bale to lead company's growth.

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Hot Stuff Foods has named Jim Ilaria, board member and principal of Allied Capital, as 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 for 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 are clear," noted Barber. "Hot Stuff Foods/Lettieri’s is one company with two great brands and one purpose. 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."

    Barber has already put in place key programs and people, including the immediate promotion of Tom Bale to senior vice president, franchise development.

    "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."

    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 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Hot Stuff Foods also offers Lettieri’s Food To Go through distributors across the United States.

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