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issue: January 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

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Rick Cartwright of Hobart Corporation


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Rick Cartwright has always believed in higher education. He's currently obtaining an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix, which he'll have in early 2005.

"It's one of my most pressing objectives right now," he tells APPLIANCE. "It's a challenge, but I try to look at challenges as a way to make a difference. Any challenge can be overcome with hard work and patience. I keep on going back to school and believe you can never receive too much education."

That same attitude and drive is applied to his position at Hobart Corporation in Troy, OH, U.S., a manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment and systems, where he began as a technician. After additional schooling, he was promoted to engineer, then design engineer in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, followed by senior engineer. For a short time in 1995, he managed the engineering and manufacturing functions for Kobetron, a test equipment company in Miamisburg, OH, U.S., before returning to Hobart in 1995 to design the control systems for the company's line of food slicers. In June 1997, he accepted a senior engineering position for the company's Foodservice division, supervising the company's Electrical Design Group.

In January 1998, he was promoted to manager of Electrical Engineering in the company's Foodservice division. In 2000, his responsibilities expanded to include the advanced development function within Foodservice. His department is responsible for the design and product support for electrical and electronic control systems on Hobart Warewash & Waste equipment and Traulsen refrigeration equipment. Mr. Cartwright is also responsible for the advanced development efforts in the company's Warewash area.

To date, the most valuable learning experience in his career has been gaining an understanding of how important teamwork is to the success of an organization. "In my current position, I try to instill this principle in my staff and my peers," he says. Yet, he notes, "I have had so many opportunities for real success and achievement. To some, they may seem minor. Every engineer remembers his or her first design. I remember the excitement of my first patent being very rewarding. There are many of these types of experiences, and I cannot really say any one was the most rewarding. As a whole, my career has been very rewarding."

 He feels fortunate to serve as the Chair of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Data Protocol Steering Committee. NAFEM represents approximately 625 companies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that manufacture commercial foodservice equipment and supplies, and its Data Protocol Steering Committee is responsible for developing a protocol to be used in commercial kitchens that allows equipment to be networked. He also serves on NAFEM's Technical Liaison Committee.

In his leisure time, Mr. Cartwright enjoys lifting weights at his gym, always at 4:00 am, 6 days a week. He is also active in his local church and in Boy Scouts. He is a father of four sons, which he says is also a full-time job at times.

 

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