Robert DenningPresident & CEO
Bob Denning leads the development and execution of long-term business strategies and goals for Perry’s and oversees all facets of the organization. In 2000 Bob was promoted to president & CEO. Prior to becoming president/CEO, he held the positions of vice president of administration and director of human resources along with several finance, accounting, distribution and manufacturing roles at PIC.
Bob holds an EMBA from the University at Buffalo, a BS in Business Administration from Buffalo State College and an AAS in Business Administration from Genesee Community College.
The company’s 2007/08 $9.5 million investment was the single largest capital expansion project where several key strategic investments were executed with Bob’s leadership. These investments led to the company’s first major packaging change in over 50 years. Several manufacturing long term equipment upgrades were implemented along with the addition of a new 20,000 sq. foot, $3.5 million distribution center, which has enabled the company to expand newly acquired international and domestic sales from this on-site center. Since that time the company has continued to expand geographically and expand its product lines in becoming a “Snack Solutions” company with over 1,250 unique items in distribution.
He proudly serves the Western New York community by participating on various boards and committees such as the University at Buffalo Foundation board of trustees since 2002 (Chairman of the Finance committee also serving on the Executive & Nominations committees), Dopkins and Company board of advisors 2011, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership board of directors (2004-2010), and Key Bank’s board of advisors (2002-2007). Additionally, he also devotes time volunteering as an instructor for the Junior Achievement program in the Clarence community.
He was the recipient of the 2001 Business First 40 Under 40 Award and the 2003 Young Alumnus Achievement Award from Buffalo State College. In 2004, he was invited to join the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a group of more than 9,500 young global business leaders from 75 nations.
Bob currently resides in Clarence, NY with his wife, Gayle, and their four children. Spending time with family is a top priority; enjoying the outdoors, family vacations, and attending Bills and Sabres games with family & friends. A classic car enthusiast, Bob also enjoys spending his spare time working on and driving his 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible with his son Noah.