CHICAGO – Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™, the leading manufacturer of high-end outdoor kitchen equipment and appliances, announced that it has named Greg Kadens as president, effective immediately. Kadens brings more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, marketing, and leadership expertise to the company. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Chicago and report directly to Pantelis A. “Pete” Georgiadis, chairman of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.
“Greg is a dynamic leader who understands our brand and brings an impressive operating track record of driving organic growth through customer engagement across a number of industries. He has a deep understanding of what homeowners and those in the design professions who serve them want from a high-end appliance manufacturer,” said Georgiadis. “I look forward to working with Greg as we continue to build on Kalamazoo’s strengths of delivering the best outdoor cooking experience and setting the bar for outdoor kitchen appliance innovation, performance and quality.”
“I am thrilled to join the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet team. The products this company designs, manufactures and sells are without question the absolute best outdoor kitchen equipment available,” said Kadens. “With interest and participation in the high-end outdoor cooking and entertaining market continuing to grow rapidly, it’s a great time to join the leader in the industry.”
Kadens comes to Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet from Kiefer Swim Products in Zion, Ill. where he served as the company’s chief executive officer.
Prior to Kiefer Swim Products, Kadens was the general manager of a key division of Block and Company. Before that, he served as the vice president and general manager of the furniture, fixture, equipment and interior design division of American Hotel Register. While at American Hotel Register, he made a significant impact on the business by expanding the company’s relationships with hotel brands, management companies, interior designers, architects and other suppliers.
Kadens’ entrepreneurial spirit came to the forefront when he and a partner bought Chiasso, a Chicago- based home furnishings company, out of bankruptcy and reestablished its reputation and sales. The company was later sold to Inmod.com.
He began his career at the office products company Quill, now a division of Staples. During his 15-year tenure, Kadens held a number of customer-facing and general management roles in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Kadens has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
About Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Kalamazoo builds outdoor kitchen equipment. Exclusively. Hybrid Fire Grills – the only gas grills that let you burn wood and charcoal at the same time. Artisan Fire Pizza Ovens – the only outdoor countertop pizza ovens with independently-controllable burners. More than 20 refrigeration units engineered to beat desert heat. And to complete the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, a collection of hand-built, weather-tight cabinetry. From James Beard Award winning chefs to individuals who simply appreciate the finer things, those in the know recognize us as the best. For more information, visit kalamazoogourmet.com.