Thomas Dean has served many companies in many capacities, from start-ups through stable businesses. Over the past two decades, he has been very active in various entrepreneurial ventures, along with $10 billion worth of real estate investment and development opportunities. Mr. Dean works with his portfolio companies, via Capistrano Ventures, improving operations and preparing companies for capital/liquidity events. Capistrano Ventures stands out because of its focused, comprehensive plans and dedicated implementation to the grail of value creation. In addition to general management/leadership and finance, his favorite areas of business are pricing, yield management, client retention, and behavioral finance. Additionally, Mr. Dean is very active in all phases of commercial real estate investment, from paper (publicly-traded REIT’s) through acquisition and development, as a principal, advisor, and money manager. Mr. Dean received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and MBA from Harvard Business School. Over a decade of Board Membership, Mr. Dean has served as Managing Director of the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and Chairman of its Business Growth Conference. Mr. Dean has also been a long-time Tech Coast Angel (the nation’s largest angel investment group) and served on its Executive Committee. He taught four different courses, creating all content, at UCLA and UCI. Mr. Dean, his wife, and daughter live in San Juan Capistrano.