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Robert Grimes is Chairman & CEO of CynterCorp and its independent affiliated companies: Cyntergy, CynterCon, CynterPubs, CynterShow, CynterNet and CynterSource. CynterCorp, through its affiliated companies, provides a wide variety of technology integration services to the foodservice, retail and hospitality industries including: global consulting, project management, roll-out implementation & training services, documentation, CBT/WBT materials development, regional training centers, procurement, help desk and technical support services. Headquartered in Rockville, MD, CynterCorp has five US regional offices and international regional headquarters in London and Sydney.
In 1996, Rob co-founded, with Nation's Restaurant News, FS/TEC, the foodservice industry's largest technology tradeshow and conference. In 1999, he launched HOSTEC 2000, a technology-focused exhibition and conference for the hospitality and foodservice industries in the U.K. Rob has been a regular technology columnist for Nation's Restaurant News for the past eleven years and has contributed articles to many other industry publications in the U.S. and abroad as well as co-authored and contributed to a number of books. He has also spoken at over 100 industry shows, conferences and events in the past ten years.
Rob has received many industry and company awards over the years. Most recently, in April 2000, Rob was honored with the Maryland Executive of the Year Award sponsored by the Maryland High Technology Council. The company was awarded the 1999 Deloitte & Touche Maryland Technology Fast 50 Award and the 1999 FastTrack Revenue Growth Award, sponsored by Arthur Andersen. Other awards include The Joseph A. Sciulli Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1996), sponsored the Suburban Maryland High Technology Council; The Greater Washington Entrepreneur of The Year Award (1994), Emerging & Growth Companies; World Young Business Achiever Award (1994), sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; and The Alumnus of the Year Award (1994), sponsored by the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management, Pennsylvania State University.