Dean is driven by the desire to make an impact, a drive that has led him to found businesses (including a residential technology integration company), start the first program management office for the IT group at Charles Schwab, and deploy a global network and infrastructure for 35 offices worldwide for a container shipping company. These experiences honed Dean’s talent with complex teams and information. At TEECOM, he coordinates ongoing work for a large tech client, keeping the design process on track.
Since his father worked for the Bell System for 35 years, Dean figures an interest in infrastructure is in his genes. As a child he loved trains and railroads, and he still mourns the loss of the elegant passenger trains of the past. Instead, he focuses his obsession on modern high-speed rail. He’s ridden on at least three of the European high-speed rail systems, loves to watch the “Japan Railway Journal” (a show that travels Japan’s railways), and engages in model railroading during his spare time.
Dean and his wife love to travel, and their favorite place is the Italian Dolomites. This mountain range in northeastern Italy is, as Dean says, “Spectacular. It’s a beautiful combination of Italian culture with a Teutonic influence.” The Dolomites are such a favorite that Dean has been there four times, once in every season. He’s skied, hiked, climbed, and eaten his way through the region.
It may not be the Dolomites, but Dean’s home city of San Francisco also offers great hiking opportunities. Dean lives near the Presidio, the city’s 1,500-acre national park, and frequently hikes a route that leads from home to the Palace of Fine Arts, through the Presidio, and back around past the Warming Hut at Crissy Field. In addition, he walks home from the City’s waterfront at the Embarcadero every night, which is about a 2.7-mile urban trek.