1201 W. 31st Street, Suite 2
Kansas City, MO  64108
Phone: 816.531.0800
Fax: 816.753.4311

Lester M. Dean, CCIM

Director, Dean Family Board

Director, Dean Operations, Inc.

President, Dean Realty Co.

Lester Dean Photo

Lester Dean joined Dean Realty Co. in May 2008 as the company's chairman, president and CEO. The eldest son of Lester Dean, Sr., the company's founder, Lester grew up working with his father clearing the mine that is now the company's Dean's Downtown Underground, a 1.2 million square foot subterranean complex. He was involved in his father's commercial real estate pursuits assembling acreage to build Cambridge Business Park in Kansas and Missouri, Dean's Downtown Business Park in Midtown Kansas City, Missouri, as well as other historic and mixed-use development tracts remaining in the portfolio today. Dean Realty Co.'s portfolio exceeds two million square feet of flex, office, industrial and subterranean commercial real estate space, along with 384 acres of strategically located land for future development.

From 1984 to 1998, Lester held significant commercial real estate positions. For several years he served as a branch manager for Eugene D. Brown's commercial real estate division before starting his own commercial real estate company, Commercial Realty Resources, Inc., in 1988. While involved in real estate professionally, Lester spent considerable time assembling his portfolio of commercial properties that included multifamily, flex and retail developments. In 1998, he sold Commercial Realty Resources, which had successfully registered in the top ten within five years of its inception, and spent another decade managing a variety of real estate projects.

In 1989, Lester Dean was the youngest person in North America to receive his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. His largest project took him to the British West Indies, the Turks and Caicos Caribbean Islands, in 1999 to commence building infrastructure for a 1,000-acre series of developments including resorts, related retail and commercial. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development, management, planning and consultation.

Lester began attending Board of Directors meetings for Dean Operations, Inc. in 2005, subsequently being elected to that Board and appointed Chairman of the Dean Realty Board in April 2007. In May of 2008, he was asked to lead the Realty company, where he heads a staff of 30 accounting, marketing, leasing, construction and facilities management professionals.

In 1984, Lester received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in commercial real estate development from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.