Society for Foodservice Management



SFM Announces Hennessy Traveler

Dick 2The John L. Hennessy awards are presented to the Air Force installations, in single and multiple facility categories, having the best food service program in the United States Air Force.Special recognition is also given to the outstanding overall food service program for the Air National Guard (ANG) and the Air Force Reserves (AFRS).Each year, SFM is privileged to have the opportunity to send a representative to participate in these on-site evaluations. These evaluating teams determine the winners and are comprised of members from the Society for Foodservice Management (SFM), the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) and the Headquarters United States Air Force Food Service staff. The Hennessy Program also allows the sharing of valuable information between the sponsoring associationís travelers, recognized leaders in the civilian foodservice industry, and base-level food service personnel. 
Dick Hynes, Director, Hobart Consulting Services, will join the team this year as the Hennessy Traveler for SFM. He will be traveling for three weekends to Air Force Air National Guard installations to determine winners of the prestigious and historic SMSgt Kenneth W. Disney Award program, a special recognition category of the John L. Hennessy awards.

A long-time member of Hobartís Sales and Management Team, with a career spanning more than 40 years, Dick served an extremely successful tenure as Northeast Region Manager for Hobart Foodservice Sales prior to his developing the Consultant Services Group for Hobart and Traulsen, which he now directs, in addition to being Director of Healthcare for the Company.


Dick has received numerous awards from the industry, including SFMís Leadership Award, the Massachusetts Restaurant Associationís Executive of the Year, and HFMís prestigious Presidentís Award.As Hobartís representative with numerous industry associations, Dick has held positions on the Board of Directors with SFM, HFM, and FIA; has chaired Industry Advisory Committees for those organizations; has served on the NACUFS Industry Advisory Committee, and serves on a host of other positions within the industry. He presently serves HFM as Co-Chair of the Education Committee.Dickís love for the foodservice industry and the healthcare segment in particular is obvious.


Dick has been very instrumental in promoting Hobartís sustainability initiatives and presently serves on the Sustainability Committee for the corporation.He has been involved in leading the companyís efforts to work with the US Green Building Council, and promoting the LEED accreditation program within his company as well.


With heritage closely tied to the Canadian Maritimes, they own a home on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia.


He is a 45-year member of the Boy Scouts of America, presently serving as a Council Vice President, and as an Advisor for American Indian Activities, staffing many National Conferences and Jamborees.


Dick holds a degree from Dean College, has CFSP Level 1 certification, is a Serv-Safe instructor, and is also HACCP certified.Serving in the Navy as a Medic during the Vietnam War, he met Judy, his Navy nurse wife of 43 years.They reside in Franklin, Mass. and have 3 children and 4 grandsons, one of whom serves in the United States Army.