Nick Valavanis

Hot Rocks Hires Nick Valavanis as Business Development Manager

Hot Rocks Pizza Ovens, manufacturer of the first stone conveyor oven, has hired Nick Valavanis to serve as its business development manager, the company announced. Hot Rocks, which is part of the Korok Group, a manufacturer of commercial food equipment, is looking for rapid growth of its stone conveyor oven concept.

Valavanis recently directed the implementation of the Hot Rocks oven at the Chicago-based Rosati’s Pizza. His in-depth knowledge of the oven and experience with multi-unit restaurant franchises will be an asset to the company’s expansion.

Valavanis has already hit the ground running. He is based in the Chicago area and will be responsible for business development throughout the United States.

Hot Rocks is a spin-off of Picard Ovens that is exclusively dedicated to the pizza industry. With over 60 years of experience in the baking industry, the company manufactures high-quality ovens in North America and offers top-quality service. Innovation is key to Hot Rocks’ success, and the company specializes in improving pizza restaurant operations.

The Hot Rocks stone conveyor pizza oven is the result of many years of research and development combined with concrete customer insight to redesign the conventional pizza oven that is now revolutionizing the industry.

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