Hobart’s Tim Bender to retire after 40 year career

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Tim Bender is retiring after 40 years in the UK catering equipment industry.

This month, Hobart Equipment Division’s sales director Tim Bender is calling time on an illustrious 40-year career in the catering equipment industry.  

Beginning in 1984 with a position at WM Stills, Bender has served the Peterborough manufacturer since 1988, joining as a technical sales executive for the home countries region.

During his career he has held numerous positions at Hobart, including regional manager and product manager, before assuming the mantle of sales director in 2012.

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During those years, Bender is widely acknowledged with helping Hobart become a UK market leader in warewashing, cooking and food prep equipment.

Amongst his many achievements, alongside MD David Riley and business development director Iain Munro, he helped oversee the successful reunification of the divisions in 2019. The partnership was instrumental in helping Hobart rebuild its reputation with dealers.

Today, the company believes the reforging of a distributor/manufacturer relationship stands as one of its most important modern-day endeavours.

Riley commented: “It’s not possible to do justice to all of Tim’s achievements in one short quote, suffice to say that he will be sorely missed by the entire company and especially me.

“He has been my right-hand man for a long time, and without his support and assistance the Equipment Division would not have become what it is today.

“In his retirement, he plans to revive his love of sailing, improve his frankly appalling golf, and spend more time with his grandson. We wish him all the very best for the future.”

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    1. David, I’d like to do so but I think there is a long list of jobs waiting for me!…thanks anyway and best wishes for the future..

  1. Well done Tim if you enjoy retirement as much as me you’ll be a very happy man. You deserve it.

  2. At the FEA we have also been proud to have benefitted from Tim’s extensive knowledge and experience, which he has shared to the mutual benefit of the industry. We all wish you a long, happy and fulfilled retirement Tim.

  3. Wishing you an enjoyable and extremely well-deserved retirement Tim. Your departure will be a big loss to the industry.

  4. It was a pleasure working with you Tim. Katie and I wish you a long and very happy retirement.

  5. All the best Tim. Thanks for your help over the years. Sorry to see you go. Enjoy your retirement!

    1. Thanks Tim, thanks for your support over the years and wishing you and the team all the best.

  6. A true end of an era Tim. It has been a pleasure working with you and thank you for your continued support over my career..

    1. Mark, Thanks for the kind words and yes, we go back a long way as we discussed the other day….best wishes to all of you at Cedabond…

    1. Adam, It’s quite scary where the time went, the years just come and go…best wishes to you and all at Ceda.

  7. All the very best Tim! Working with you was always a good mix of professionalism and fun. You will be missed and I hope you get some well deserved R&R. Keep safe! Scott

    1. Hi Scott, It’s good to remember the fun times especially in the London Region!….take care and all the best for the future…

  8. A gentleman of the industry, enjoy your retirement Tim you’ve definitely earned it.

  9. Very best wishes Tim on your impending retirement. I hope Lynn doesn’t have too many ‘Blue’ jobs waiting on the job list? Thank you for your guidance and mentoring during my early career, which has stood me in good stead ever since. Stay in touch and enjoy the sailing.

  10. Many congratulations Tim,
    I hope that you enjoy a long and happy retirement.
    All the very best

  11. Enjoy a well deserved rest Tim! Thanks for your support over the years and all the best for the future. R

    1. Hi Ross, Many thanks for your kind wishes and for your support….long may the relationship with Hobart continue. Regards Tim

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