Alumni Tale: Dave Austin ’74

What did you study at UNH?

Business Administration

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Teaching undergraduate courses in oceanography, accounting and taxes for bankers; teaching tennis pro; independent equipment installations all over the U.S.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Had moved to Chicago, Ill., and was a product manager for Swiss and German equipment (extruders, grinders and ancillary equipment such as heat exchangers, power packages, control cabinets, specialty conveyors, etc.) through reps in Canada and U.S. for food, toner powder and powder coatings (marketing, managing and training reps, promoting our equipments, solving customer problems and overcoming competition.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Preparing to move to California; selling a complete product line of processing and packaging equipment to Illinois accounts before moving to the western territory for a Canadian manufacturer of labelers offering complete manufacturing equipment lines with tie-ins and control/monitoring systems.

What are you doing now?

Management, marketing and business consulting, teaching golf pro, writing, working as a life skills coach, teaching online at and working with a nonprofit charity. I created the Beyond the Classroom series, am a cancer survivor and a Renaissance man of the polymath variety.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I came of age at UNH. I started out a very young and sheltered boy, who was pursuing all the majors that my father wanted, then my mother, then my eventual first wife. Had some very eye-opening class experiences, got my Class C broadcasting license, worked at the campus radio station, fenced, tried ROTC for a semester and earned enough credits for minors in English.