Hobart's Tim Bender is to retire this month after 40 years in the catering equipment industry.
His career began in 1984, with a position at W M Stills, with Bender joining Hobart as a technical sales executive for the home countries region in 1988. He has since held numerous positions at the Peterborough manufacturer, including regional manager and product manager, before assuming the mantle of sales director in 2012.
Bender is acknowledged with helping Hobart achieve success in the UK warewashing, cooking and food prep equipment market. Among his many achievements, Bender helped to oversee the successful reunification of the divisions in 2019, alongside managing director David Riley and business development director Iain Munro. The reforging of a highly successful distributor/manufacturer relationship stands as one of Hobart's 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."