Dean is a graduate of Carthage College in 1984 with a degree in business administration and marketing. He is president of Matthews Distributing Co. of Iowa., a fourth generation wholesale beverage distributor located in Dubuque, Iowa. He is the founder and president of the Character Quest organization, with over 20 years of leadership development and coaching experience.
Dean is a certified leadership development coach from Cardinal Stritch University. He is a trustee emeritus of Carthage College, member of the Board of Directors for Midwest Community Bank and past board president for the YMCA of Northwest Illinois.
Fueled by his personal passion for leadership growth, Dean began a quest to provide teamwork, leadership and character development in a “hands on” learning approach. Years later, hundreds of corporate, non-profit, and collegiate leaders have experienced Character Quest training in a multitude of settings. Dean and his wife Donna live in Phoenix, Arizona.