Hobart bids farewell to a distinguished duo

Ian Parr and Bob Dyson crop
Ian Parr and Bob Dyson have now both retired from Hobart Equipment Division.

Ian Parr and Robert Dyson of Hobart Equipment Division have wound down their careers with the manufacturer, as they retired at the end of last month.

With a combined service of over 63 years, Ian and Robert have both signed off with a long list of achievements to be proud of.

Parr joined Hobart in October 1984 to begin a 36-year career in sales which saw him cover multiple parts of the country. Starting as a sales executive in Liverpool, he then covered the Heathrow area, before becoming sales manager of the region. Later, he took on the role of Bristol regional manager, a position that saw him claim the company’s regional sales trophy on four separate occasions, in 2000, 2002, 2018 and 2019.

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“Hobart and the people who work there have been a huge part of my life,” said Parr. “I’ll miss them greatly, but they shouldn’t think they’re getting rid of me that easily – I’ll be staying in touch, that’s for sure. In the meantime, I’ll be busy in the garden and keeping fit on my bike and on walks in the Malvern Hills.”

Dyson’s time with Hobart began back in January 1993 as a national account sales executive in the service division. He soon moved on to the sales division where he was successful in selling and promoting beverage systems in Scotland and the north of England. In 2004 he became regional sales manager and won the regional sales trophy two years running in 2008 and 2009.

“27 years sounds like a long time, but it’s gone by in a flash,” said Dyson of his time at Hobart. “I’m sad to be moving on, but I’ll take with me many wonderful memories of everyone I worked with. Now I’m looking forward to hitting the golf courses in Spain this winter and brushing up on my guitar skills too!”

Colleagues and customers alike have been forthcoming in their praise for both men, stating their commitment and professionalism will be missed, along with their camaraderie.

Hobart Equipment Division sales director Tim Bender added: “It’s impossible to do full justice to Ian and Robert’s distinguished careers in this short announcement, so it will be our pleasure to welcome them both to our next internal team dinner, where we will recognise their achievements, congratulate and formally thank them for their efforts and commitment. For now, we all wish them a long and happy retirement and all the very best for the future.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Having worked with both Bob & Ian for 10 years through the 90’s , Hobart are loosing a massive amount of knowledge and market awareness not to mention two cracking blokes

    I hope both of you enjoy your retirement and the very best of luck for the future

    Dave Jones

  2. Ian its been a pleasure to have know you all these years even going back to our days at Mollett Catering Liverpool in the early 80’s. Even though most years been a competitor always had time for a chat and a beer. Always remember the Wednesday nights at the Tri Services Exhibition in Sandown, shame we never got one more with the gang. Anyway congrats on your retirement you certainly deserve it and hope you have a long and healthy one.
    Best Regards
    PS Sorry about Everton today!

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