Dobbin graduated in 1981
honours its own
by Chris Hammond
Dean of Business Bill Blake (L) and Memorial President Axel Meisen
(R) join Mark and Sandra Dobbin on the occasion of Mr. Dobbins
designation as Alumnus of the Year for the business faculty.
At 39 he was named one of Canadas Top 40 Under 40; at 40
he was named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada; and just
this week, Mark Dobbin became part of an even more exclusive
group by becoming the ninth Alumnus of the Year for Memorials
Faculty of Business Administration.
The chair and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation, a globally-recognized
aviation repair and overhaul service, Mr. Dobbin is a 1981 graduate
of MUNs bachelor of commerce (co-op) program, and also
holds an MBA from Dalhousie. He founded Vector in 1998 after
a 17-year apprenticeship at Canadian Helicopter Corporation,
the worlds largest helicopter company serving as
senior vice president and on the board of directors. In addition
to its commercial and military repair and overhaul services,
Vector provides specialized avionics and information technology
services, and recently announced first quarter revenues of $87.5
million, up 22 per cent from this time last year.
But its more than business acumen that makes Mr. Dobbin
a natural choice for the Faculty of Business award, which recognizes
both career success and involvement in his alma mater. A generous
supporter of the faculty, he serves on its advisory board and
assists with the Associates Program, a partnership project which
enhances research and scholarship and supports a variety of student
activities, including participation in CASE competitions.
Mark is a very successful businessman and a great person
and, as such, he offers a particularly good example of the style
of leadership that we value in our students and graduates,
Dean Bill Blake said at a special luncheon held in the Business
Building to honour the award recipient. Were very
proud of our affiliation with him, were delighted at the
success he has achieved, and we appreciate his support for the
President Axel Meisen, who presented Mr. Dobbin with a Memorial
University licence plate at the ceremony, agreed, adding that,
Memorial University is all about the future: we express
this through research and development, but also through producing
graduates with the skills to contribute to society in a meaningful
way; and Mark is an excellent example of this.
For his part, Mr. Dobbin attributes his success to the support
of his wife, Sandra, and his solid upbringing: Growing
up in my house, there were only two rules, he said. We
werent allowed to have a motorcycle, and we had to get
a university education. They were right on both counts.
Mr. Dobbin went on to remark that he found the trend toward rising
costs and decreasing access in postsecondary education very disturbing.
A good education makes a vital difference in business and
in life, he said.
Mr. Dobbin also credited the lessons in teamwork that he learned
at MUN to be the groundwork for his present success. Mr. Dobbin
said, During my years at Memorial, I learned the value
of teamwork hard work towards a common goal and
its an approach I still endorse.
At Vector, we work as a team, he added. And
thats one of the reasons why every senior manager at Vector
Aerospace is a graduate of Memorials Business program.
In addition to his activities with the Faculty of Business, Mr.
Dobbin is a director of Stratos Global Corporation, and a board
member of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and the board of directors
of Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. He volunteers
on the board of governors for Junior Achievement, and his company
actively supports a local food bank and school lunch program.
There is no doubt, Dean Blake predicted, that
Mark will be a senior and influential leader in this community
for years to come.