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.
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.”