First chair of Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, passes at 66

Saturday July 27, 2013

BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is saddened by the passing Tuesday of David K. Hakins of South Burlington.

Dave was a founding father of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as well as the first chair of the organization’s board of directors. He inspired and guided the development of Vermont’s first statewide Sports Hall of Fame and presided over the induction of the inaugural class of 13 honorees in November 2013.

"Sitting down and trying to find all the words that embody what Dave Hakins meant to the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is a difficult task," said Justin Martin, who succeeded Hakins as the Hall’s chair in the spring. "Dave took the idea for the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame from Alan Rubel and made the dream into a reality. From Day One, Dave was the foundation for the hall, leading meetings and putting the people in place to make the vision of a Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and turning that vision into a reality.

"He was a man that knew how to make things happen and every person who is inducted into the Hall has Dave to thank for it," continued Martin. "We at the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will always remember Dave and we will work to continue to carry the torch he lit. Thank you, Dave. You will be missed by us all."

A native of Rutland and a former sports journalist and editor for the Rutland Herald, Hakins most recently was the publisher of Vermont Life magazine. During his career, he has worked for a number of companies, including Pfizer, General Foods, JC Penney, Schlumberger and Chase Manhattan Bank.

During his time at Chase, Hakins became involved in sports sponsorship hospitality at a number of major sports events nationally and internationally. He formed his own company, Hakins Meetings and Incentives in Wyckoff, N.J.

He and his wife, Jane, returned to Vermont in 2005, where he served as director of sales and promotion for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, as executive director and COO of the Vermont Convention Bureau and as director of business development for the Essex Resort & Spa. He was named publisher and CEO of Vermont Life in 2011.

For an appreciation of Dave, visit the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame website at


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