Dean was raised on the forgotten Plains of Eastern Colorado in a small rural town where cows out number people. As a child growing up in Flagler the street lights were my curfew signal and the entire town acted as his baby sister. In this small community he had many of an opportunity to be engage in leadership whether it be in sports, student council, 4-H, FBLA or some other extracurricular activity. From sport team captain to Student Body President there was always an opportunity to be a leader.
Upon graduating from Flagler High he ventured down to Fort Worth TX to attend Texas Christian University. Dean obtained a BS in Strategic Communications and a minor in Sociology in 3.5 years. While studying at TCU I worked for the campus rec department as an intramural sports referee and supervisor. Additionally, he held an internship with the TCU Sports Marketing Department for 2 years.
After graduation in the 2010 Fall Semester he moved to Denver where he worked for a moving company for 1.5 years. During this time his main ambition was to travel and ski. In 2012, he interned for an environmental consulting agency, headquarter in Boulder. After a year in Boulder he left his position to travel to Bali for 6 weeks. During his time in Bali he spent 4 weeks teaching English.
Dean returned from Bali and practiced the art of being a ski bum. Once the snow melted he applied for and was hired by Colorado Lending Source where he was a Jr. Loan Officer and facilitated small business loans through the Small Business Administration. He worked for CLS for 11 months before being let go due to company financial woes. Seeing an opportunity to adventure he packed up his Jeep, loaded up his dog and set out on a 4 week 3000 mile road trip through Northwestern US.
He returned from the road trip determined to find a new home in the mountains. A friend and former colleague tipped him off about a mortgage loan officer position with Alpine Bank in Glenwood Springs. Dean was very familiar with Glenwood as it was a special vacation spot for his family and was intrigued by the opportunity. As the old cliché goes, the rest is history. In July of 2014, he moved to Glenwood Springs and it has been the best decision he has made.
Within his 5 years of living in Glenwood he has worked for 3 different banks, has received 4 promotions and has joined numerous community and civic organizations. Currently he is the Vice President of Alpine Bank in the Glenwood Springs branch. He is the President Elect of the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club, Treasure of the Roaring Fork Young Professionals, an alternate P&Z Council Member for the City of Glenwood Springs, President of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Ambassadors, a BigBuddy Program mentor and a Glenwood Springs Rec Center Youth Sports Referee.
Growing up Dean was a witness to the importance his parents placed on civil leadership and community engagement. Once moving to Glenwood and the Roaring Fork Valley, he embraced the opportunity to give back, help maintain and help progress the community he lives in and loves.