GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Actionable Quality Assurance, a Gainesville-grown innovative, digital software platform that allows restaurant chains to capture, standardize, and analyze all of their data, announced two distinguished additions to the company's executive team. John R. King was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Bruce Perkin was named Chief Strategy Officer.
"We're thrilled that John and Bruce have joined AQA during this exciting period of growth for the company," says Eric Graves, AQA founder and CEO. "John's experience building high-performance software, tech, and data start-ups, and Bruce's thirty-year international-food-industry career will support and guide AQA's infrastructure as we rapidly expand in the restaurant quality assurance market."
King will focus on AQA's daily operations, and will oversee software development and implementation as the company expands its. His thirty years of experience in information technology and participation at the founder or board level of five technology companies — including serving as a Mentor-in-Residence for University of Florida's Innovation Hub — provides AQA with a comprehensive understanding of start-up culture and the requirements of AQA's stakeholders from the ground level.
"The opportunity to work with AQA is too good to pass up," King says. "I've spent my career in leading-edge software design, managing large company operations — mid-tier as well as start-ups — and the AQA software offering will reshape the market. I'm proud to be a part of it."
As CSO, Perkin will use his experience in the food industry, most recently with Yum! Brands as Chief R&D Officer at Pizza Hut Inc., to effectively communicate AQA's strategic plan to clients, employees, and stakeholders. He'll also use his specialized knowledge of the international food industry to guide the company's vision and promote long-term growth.
"Bruce adds a tremendous amount of valuable experience and insight into the restaurant industry," Graves said. "His understanding of the global food-supply chain and the challenges faced by today's food-safety officers and quality-assurance professionals will provide our clients a high level of confidence in AQA's solution."
Perkin will also be instrumental in creating and maintaining company culture as AQA becomes an industry leader. He'll ensure that the company remains ahead of rapidly changing quality-assurance regulations, requirements, and restaurant needs.
"After my experience in large-scale food processing as well as ten years leading food safety and quality with the largest restaurant company in the world, I knew there had to be a better way to ensure that the food available to consumers is always great quality and safe to eat," Perkin said. "As soon as I saw what AQA had developed, I was convinced this was it, and moved to join the team. With the FSMA requirements now with us, and over 24 product recalls in 2016 already, the pressure on QA and food-safety teams has never been greater. I'm incredibly pleased to help AQA be a part of the solution."
In addition to these new hires, AQA will begin presenting in angel-investor and venture-capital pitch sessions. It'll participate in the 2016 Celebration of Innovation UF Technology Showcase on March 8, in Gainesville, and compete for the 7th Annual Cade Museum Prize for Innovation.
Actionable Quality Assurance is a digital software-as-a-service platform that allows restaurant companies to minimize the risk of food poisoning through predictive analytics. AQA automatically standardizes, stores in the cloud, analyzes, and visualizes a huge amount of data from multiple sources — microbiological, chemical, and physical test results from labs, as well as certificates of compliance and audit results from suppliers — in an easy-to-understand and access format.
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