As a successful entrepreneur, Dennis Doyle ‘67 can attest to the excellent business education he received at the University of Maine. His classes provided him with a strong background that went a long way towards helping him launch a handful of thriving businesses. As testimony to the College of Business exposure, he is listed in the U.S. Library of Congress as the author of 65 textbooks on financial planning topics.
But Dennis, retired founder, chairman and president of Educational Training Systems, a leading provider of online training for the financial services and insurance industries, says it wasn’t only his classroom experiences that gave him the tools for a rewarding career.
A member of the Black Bear football team, Dennis says it was “on the field” that he gained valuable life skills that have stood him in good stead over the years. He names a few:
· Life is hard work and playing a sport is hard work; work hard no matter what you do.
· Remember you’re part of a team; getting along with people is essential.
· Be disciplined.
· Don’t accept mediocrity – strive constantly to improve yourself.
· Consider competition a good thing; it makes you work harder.
· Be persistent.
· Focus; don’t lose sight of your goal.
A native of Auburn, Maine, Dennis lives with his wife Patricia in Southborough, Mass. An active and loyal alumnus, he is a generous contributor to the Black Bear football program and he has helped garner support for UMaine capital campaigns. In 1996 he and his brother Joseph established the Doyle Family Athletic Scholarship fund for student athletes.
“UMaine gave me an athletic scholarship, so I want to pay back the favor,” Dennis says.
Being a Black Bear athlete was the highlight of Dennis’ years at UMaine, affording him the opportunity to make a host of close friends and many wonderful memories.
”We had a terrific bunch of guys and some great, great coaches.”
The pinnacle of his UMaine football career came in 1965 when the team was selected to participate in the Tangerine Bowl against East Carolina.
“We lost the game, but we played hard,” Dennis says. “We were there and we did our best. It was a terrific experience. The whole state supported us. There was a parade when we returned. It was a thrill for all of us guys and our coaches.”
To date, his team remains the only one from UMaine to have competed in a bowl contest.
A member of Phi Mu Delta and the Sophomore Owls honor society, Dennis was busy both on and off the football field.
“I’ve always had a warm feeling toward the university. I really enjoyed my time here. My experience was so positive that my four younger brothers and sisters all decided to come here. It became a family thing.”
Nowadays, Dennis stays busy traveling, playing golf, and managing several health and fitness clubs which he co-owns. He has kept in touch with many of his former classmates.
“Forty two years later, a dozen of us still get together every summer with our wives and kids,” he says proudly.
Each football season he follows the Black Bears and attends as many games as he can. He credits President Robert A. Kennedy, Athletic Director Blake James, Coach Jack Cosgrove, and Assistant Athletic Director for Development Patrick McBride for his renewed interest in supporting UMaine athletics.
He praises them for being wonderful advocates for UMaine.
“They are the magnet that attracted me to become more involved with the university.”
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