Last week, Advantage lost one of its own with the passing of Dennis Stanwood, colleague and friend to many of us for nearly three decades.
A senior consultant who was at ease anywhere in the world, Dennis made a huge contribution to Advantage and its clients. He was a gifted educator and facilitator who applied a rigorous standard to his work in order to give people the best possible learning experience. He said, “I feel that what I’m doing is important because it enables people to be better at what they do. You have to have fun with it, and I do. I consider this my life’s work, not just a job. That’s the key.”
Dennis was always the first to offer help, do the heavy lifting, fly all night, add energy to the room. He thrived on a challenge and brought some of the world’s leading companies the best of himself and what Advantage offered. Dennis’ work took him to scores of countries and he always returned with great stories. He said a decade ago, “My classes have taken me to the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Wall of China, a photo safari in Africa, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, shopping on the Ginza, beer in Bavaria, and ouzo in Greece.” The consummate road warrior, the past few weeks found him in Singapore, India, and the Northwest. His final day was spent facilitating a Microsoft learning session in Israel. Doing what he loved.
Our hearts go out to Dennis’ wife Terri, two daughters, and three grandchildren. They were Dennis’ true passion and his love for all of them glowed.
The many tributes flowing in to Advantage recall a man who was an inspirational leader, a mentor to many, a rousing storyteller, a born teacher, a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, and a beloved friend. Dennis “worked magic” with learning and made an impact on people’s lives. He loved what he did, he was great at it, and it mattered. Our smiles are broader and we are richer for having known him.
Thanks for the memories, Dennis. You will be greatly missed.