Dean was born in Durban, South Africa, and graduated in 1980 from Westville Boys High School as an All-State Rugby and Soccer player. Following high school, he completed his mandatory national service in the South African Army and was awarded a Pro Patria medal for 18-month service in the Namibian/Angolan war zone.
While vacationing in the USA, Dean received a full scholarship to be a place-kicker for the University of Oregon Ducks and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and Film. In college Dean met and married Maui girl, Michelle Wilmore, and moved to Maui in 1989. Dean and Michelle are proud parents of two incredible children, Troy (20) and Cassidy (15).
Dean has always been involved in his community. Initially as a volunteer AYSO soccer coach and referee and more recently as President of the Board of Trustees of a new independent school, Maui Preparatory Academy. Dean's philanthropic efforts have resulted in total donations to West Maui charities in the last 5 years in excess of $350,000.
Deanâ€™s real estate career began at Kapalua Realty in 1989 and he was promoted to Principal Broker in 1995. As Principal Broker, he was a member of the Design Review Committee and Kapalua Development Team for new projects, Coconut Grove on Kapalua Bay and Plantation Estates Phase II. Those years at Kapalua built his intrinsic knowledge of the West Maui Market and continue to shape his success.
Dean has been active in the real estate industry and was a past member of the Maui Board of Realtors Grievance Committee and a past member of the Public Relations Committee. In 1999, Dean moved to Sakamoto Properties as Broker-in-Charge. He is a West Maui and Kapalua Resort Specialist with 23 years of experience as a top producer and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Realtors in Hawaii by Hawaii Business Magazine.
For more information in Dean, please read the included Real Estate Executive feature article, "€œHis Magic Carpet Ride Lands in Kapalua."