COLUMBUS Ohio Max & Erma’s, a casual-dining operator and franchisor, has named BJ's and The Cheesecake Factory veteran Michael Nahkunst to succeed Jim Howenstein as chief operating officer. Howenstein is vacating the post after two years to become a regional vice president.In addition to serving in operations capacities for the BJ's and Cheesecake Factory casual-dining chains, Nahkunst worked for Chili’s during one of its periods of rapid expansion. He also operated his own ...

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