St. Paul, Minn.-based Green Mill Restaurants LLC announced that John Hinz has joined the organization as chief marketing officer.

Hinz most recently served as vice president of Marketing at Buffalo Wild Wings, where he oversaw all aspects of the brand's award-winning marketing programs and advertising campaigns. The chain grew from 48 to more than 750 restaurants during his nearly 14-year tenure.

"Green Mill has a great core menu, a great following and a great culture," Hinz said. "The leadership team cares about its guests, the team at every level, and the brand. I'm excited to contribute to the next phase of Green Mill's success."

Hinz, who was named to the "40 Under 40" list by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2010, holds a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas. He lives with his wife and son in St. Paul.

Green Mill began in St. Paul in 1935 and now includes nearly 30 restaurant and bar locations across the Midwest. In 1975, the brand unveiled pizza as its signature menu item.

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