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Buffets names CFO, announces Minneapolis remodel plans

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Eagan, Minn. — Steak buffet chain Buffets Inc. said that it has appointed Keith Kravcik as its CFO. The company also created a new position – director, office of the CEO and corporate administration – and promoted Jackie Fiebelkorn to the slot.

Kravcik will be responsible for all finance, accounting, purchasing and IT functions as well as continuing to strengthen the back office services organization. Fiebelkorn will lead the office for the CEO and oversee administrators throughout the organization.

"Positioning these key roles in Minnesota coupled with the planned Main Street rollout re-affirms the company’s commitment to the greater Minneapolis market," said Anthony Wedo, CEO of Buffets, Inc. "As we move to the next phase of our turnaround and continued re-invention of our brands, having a pro like Keith with significant hands-on experience in large organizations will be critical to our success."

Kravcik most recently served as group VP and corporate controller for Supervalu.

According to Wedo, the steak buffet chain will invest in the Twin Cities by remodeling local restaurants. Buffets has chosen the Twin Cities to be among the first markets to be part of their new Main Street initiative, pairing a complete food and operations revamp with new and contemporary decor. The Main Street effort will take place in the Twin Cities and Denver over the next six months.

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Action Services Group accredited and approved for PICS Consortium

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Aston, Pa. — Action Services Group, a national lighting, sign and electrical maintenance and service company, said that it has been officially authorized as a member of the PICS Consortium.

With PICS authorization to membership, Action Services Group’s lighting, sign and electrical services are now accessible to users through the PICS on-line web technology. PICS is a global contractor management consortium whose prequalification and auditing services have become the standard in a number of industries, including: Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Energy, and Manufacturing.

“The convenience store market is an important market for us and with seven of the top ten convenience store companies owned by oil companies, we will now be an added resource in PIMS for convenience stores to contact when choosing a national lighting, sign or electrical maintenance and service company,” said Ted Stouch, president of Action Services Group.

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CVS team up with Ocean Conservancy to clean up shoreline

BY CSA STAFF

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS employees cleaned up nearly 25,000 pounds of trash from shorelines across the country in partnership with Ocean Conservancy, a leading organization that educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanup, a national environmental employee engagement campaign, raises awareness of the connection between clean waterways and health.

The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanup, part of the company’s commitment to local communities, hosted five volunteer events nationwide in 2013:

Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Elm Fork Trinity River in Dallas, Texas

Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill.

Emerald Hills in San Diego, Calif.

Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.

Some of the trash CVS employees collected included sofas, tractor tires, car parts, sinks, shopping carts, mattresses, television sets and computer monitors.

"The CVS Caremark Shoreline Cleanups provided colleagues an engaging, rewarding volunteer experience, while at the same time making a real difference in our local communities," said Eileen Howard Boone SVP of corporate communications and community relations, CVS Caremark. "Like many of our CSR initiatives, this program closely aligns with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health — with the help of Ocean Conservancy, we were able to raise awareness of how clean waterways directly impact our health & well-being."

"Trash jeopardizes the health of the ocean, coastline, economy and people and requires a collective movement to make the biggest difference," said Amelia Montjoy, VP of resource development at Ocean Conservancy. "We have a profound stake in a healthy ocean that is free of trash and marine debris, and through our partnership with CVS Caremark, we are one step closer to fulfilling this mission."

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort for the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of trash and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways. Last year, volunteers collected more than 10 million pounds of trash, marking the second highest total items reported in the cleanup’s 27-year history. Cigarettes, food packaging and plastic bottles top the list of collected trash, totaling the weight of 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

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