Hobart bids farewell to distinguished sales duo

Ian Parr, Bristol regional manager and Bob Dyson, regional sales manager

Two of Hobart’s longest-serving sales managers will be signing off for good at the end of the month and heading for retirement.

Ian Parr and Robert Dyson have just a couple of weeks left working for the company’s equipment division before bringing down a curtain on their careers in the industry.

Together the pair has given a combined service of over 63 years to the company.

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Mr 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.

“Hobart and the people who work there have been a huge part of my life,” he said. “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.”

Mr 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,” he said. “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, said: “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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  1. Two genuinely great people leaving Hobart. I really enjoyed working with you both Bob and Ian and wish you the very best for your retirement(s).

    Take care.


  2. I wish all the best to both Ian and Bob and a very happy retirement. Both are a massive part of Hobart history and culture and i am sure will be greatly missed.

  3. Have a happy, relaxed and well deserved retirement Bob, I dare not count how many years but remember you well from the days of Stott Benham including you passing on what was then my biggest sales lead. Thanks also for all the help and support you have given Lloyds more recently helping cement our growing relationship with Hobart. Great guy and a true stalwart of our industry.

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