As Founder and CEO of Forward Progress, Dean leads his core team to provide digital influencer marketing solutions, serving over 2,000 corporate clients over the past 15 years. In 2012 Dean created and released a Social Influencer Development Platform known as Social Jack™, successfully training over 100,000 professionals on Social Selling, B2B Influencer Marketing and Social Streaming. Their curriculum is used globally by Fortune 500 companies, Associations, Conferences and Universities to instill best practices related to the effective use of social networks, digital marketing, streaming, and video. Dean is host of his own Podcast, Influence Factory, where he enjoys exclusive interviews with leading business influencers. His recent book, FIRST, The Street Guide to Digital Business Influence gives the reader proven essential steps and tools to develop thought leadership and recognition in their industry.
Based in Chicago, Dean also enjoys time with his family, and yes, some of that family time is spent in the dojo: Dean and his son are both 3rd-degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do. He and his family also enjoy supporting community theater.