Dennis DuVal is the President of Hofmann Sausage Company, one of Central New York’s oldest and most recognizable brands. Dennis has over 30 years of executive management experience in both the public and private sector, and is equally recognized for his ongoing role as a community leader and public service advocate.
Dennis began his 26-year public service career with the Syracuse Police Department in 1978. As Syracuse’s first African American Police Chief, he was commended by politicians, community leaders, and union officials for confronting mounting challenges with a progressive and innovative leadership approach. Among the many awards and designations accrued throughout his tenure are:
Upon retirement from public service and with nearly 3 decades of direct management experience, Dennis transitioned to the private sector as CEO/President and Founder of DevMar Associates, Inc., a successful government contracts compliance firm specializing in criminal justice strategies, international police programs, and Department of State contracting.
Dennis has served as a member and advisor on a number of diverse boards and committees including Syracuse University Whitman School of Management, DynCorp International Civpol Program, Vantos Inc, Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse, Onondaga County NAACP, Vera House, Urban Young Life, Onondaga County DA Advisory Board, and Trust Solutions. In addition, he actively participates in community outreach programs, youth mentorship campaigns and neighborhood development initiatives. Dennis and his wife Jacki live in Manlius, New York with daughter Marisa and son Devin.