Meet the Director
Dean became an Amputee after battling Osteosarcoma as a teen, which was one of the most deadly forms of cancer. He had a very promising athletic future in Basketball and Baseball cut short, but his love for sports drove him to continue playing both sports in High School and Baseball in College.
College Baseball was his most enjoyable experience ever in sports, as he was a member of two nationally ranked powerhouses under legendary coach Steve Longley at Cleveland State Community College.
Dean’s work ethic carried over into a business career after college, and his desire to help people propelled offices in Hamilton County and Bradley County to the #1 annual ranking in Tennessee at the first insurer he worked for, and himself to his own agency for industry leader State Farm in Maryville, Tennessee.
His passion for Innovation triggered the creation of the Amputee Long Drive Championship when he realized that his peers would be left out of the 2016 Rio Paralympics, while Golf was included in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The George W. Bush Presidential Center Warrior Open golf tournament, and the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship inspired Dean to create an event that will honor and accommodate Amputee, Blind, and Paralyzed athletes.
Dean’s proudest accomplishments by far are his handsome sons Will and Thomas, and his beautiful girlfriend Shawna.
It’s easy to see why he is so excited about the tremendous work of Stratasys, Easton LaChappelle, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in making peoples lives better through Innovation, and allowing the Amputee Long Drive Championship to showcase its "Stars & Champions" inspiring others through athletics.