Manufacturer Taps Internal Talent for Presidents and General Manager Roles

Brian Holdrich
Jim Courtright
Graham Sams
Stan Ioffe
Nick Patterson
Mark Smith
Brandon Slotman
Clint Reed
Tom Van Der Bosch
Garamy Whitmore
Tom Kurgan
Martin Huddleston

Welbilt, a foodservice equipment manufacturer that was recently acquired by Ali Group, announced several leadership changes at its various brands.

Brian Holdrich is now president of Frymaster, succeeding Todd Philips, who is retiring. In this role, Holdrich will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the brand.

In 2009, Holdrich joined Welbilt as vice president of sales and marketing for Kolpak. He held various roles from 2014-2022 in sales, marketing, operations, and customer service functions for the Welbilt brand portfolio throughout the North and South American markets. He most recently served as Vice president of sales and marketing, Americas at Welbilt.

Taking over Holdrich’s old position is Jim Courtright, who was named vice president of sales, Americas. Courtright will oversee the U.S.-aligned representative groups along with the buying groups. The promotion is the latest in Courtright’s long career in foodservice equipment and supplies. He started in the industry in 1987 and joined Scotsman Ice Systems in 1994. Most recently, he served as vice president of global accounts for Scotsman Ice.

The Garland and Lincoln brands are also seeing a leadership change with Graham Sams taking over as president. Sams joined Welbilt in 2011 as production manager of the Garland manufacturing facility, where he focused on continuously improving manufacturing processes. After increasing roles of responsibility in manufacturing, he was promoted to managing director of Lincoln in 2017, where he successfully led a refocus on the brand and launched key product improvements. In 2020, Sams was named managing director of Cleveland, where he successfully oversaw a program of customer-focused brand improvement.

Replacing Sams as the day-to-day leader of Cleveland is Stan Ioffe, who was named president of the brand. Ioffe joined Welbilt in 2020 as head of finance for the Canadian division, supporting the Garland, Lincoln and Cleveland manufacturing facilities and the American ovens and Canadian distribution businesses. In this role, Ioffe provided financial guidance to the brand leaders, supported various product rollouts, managed inflationary pressures, and drove profitable customer growth across Welbilt’s portfolio of oven products.

The new president for the Merco and KitchenConnect brands is Nick Patterson. Patterson joined the Welbilt research and development team in 2010 and spent a year in Germany leading the Convotherm 4 oven program launch. After returning to the United States, he became vice president of engineering for Welbilt, leading the technology and new product development teams for all hot-side engineering groups. In 2016, he was promoted to vice president and managing director of Merco to revitalize the long-standing legacy brand.

Multiplex, likewise, has a new president in Mark Smith. Smith has more than 28 years of experience in the beverage industry, having held various positions in operations, general management and most recently vice president and managing director of Multiplex. During his tenure with the brand, he led organic revenue growth and commercial and product strategies with key strategic accounts.

The new president for the Delfield brand is Brandon Slotman. Slotman began his career in 2008 as an engineer in the automotive industry and four years later he joined Federal-Mogul Corporation. He joined Delfield in 2020 as vice president and managing director to drive operational excellence for the brand.

Clint Reed was named president of Kolpak. Reed joined Welbilt in 2009 and has since filled various positions in finance, product and plant management. In 2018, he was promoted to vice president and managing director of Kolpak and has been instrumental in implementing best practices across multiple Welbilt brands.

The KitchenCare brand also has a new leader. Tom Van Der Bosch was named vice president, making him responsible for the day-to-day management of the brand. Van Der Bosch has more than 20 years of experience with Scotsman Ice Systems, where he held key roles such as director of customer support. In 2012, he became the vice president of parts and services for the manufacturer, leading a transformation of service as a business unit within the Scotsman brand.

Additionally, Garamy Whitmore was appointed general manager for Merrychef U.S. He will lead all sales in the United States as well as service and support activities. Whitmore joined Welbilt in 2006 and has held various sales and culinary leadership roles since then. He was instrumental in growing the Convotherm, Lincoln and Merco brands and most recently served as area vice president, central.

The Lincoln brand also now has a new general manager in Tom Kurgan. In this role, Kugan will be responsible for leading all United States sales, service and support activities for Lincoln. Kurgan started in the foodservice industry in 1988 with Lincoln Foodservice Products. Since then, he has held various sales and marketing positions for Enodis, Manitowoc and Welbilt. He most recently served as area vice president for Welbilt, covering the Midwest and Northeast regions.

Finally, Martin Huddleston was named general manager for Convotherm U.S. He will be responsible for all U.S. sales, service and support activities for the brand. Huddleston joined Lincoln Foodservice, another Welbilt brand, in 2005. In 2016, he was promoted to the director of the culinary sales team to lead efforts to grow national accounts and general market sales of the Merrychef and Convotherm brands. Since 2020, he has held the position of vice president of sales/general manager for Eloma North America, an Ali Group Company.