Employee Spotlight – Dean Swann
This month, we’re putting the spotlight on Dean Swann. At CU Engage, Dean is in the Principal role of Director of Product Development. He focuses on helping the company create new products and services that benefit CU Engage and our clients. Dean thoroughly enjoys being part of creating net new things. The opportunity to work on exciting tech for the credit union ecosystem is what first brought Dean to the team. He saw where the co-founders and leaders of the company wanted to go and that resonated with him.
Once a resident of Brandon, Florida, Dean now resides in Minnesota with his wife, Margo. After 20 years of service, Dean retired from the United States Air Force. Dean loves spending time with his family, and if given the choice, he would rather be on a lake or at the beach than just about anywhere else. In fact, Dean is happiest when he can sit by the fire at his place on the lake and read a book; he usually has both a non-fiction and a fiction book going at any given time.
Want to learn more about Dean? Grab a piece of pizza and read on!
Q&A with Dean
Q: What is your favorite thing or place in the city you live in? A: There is a pizza place that makes Neapolitan pizzas. Love that place.
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing? A: Most likely, reading or taking a walk with my wife around our neighborhood.
Q: What is an ability you wish you had? A: I’ve always wanted to fly.
Q: Best vacation you’ve taken? A: Hawaii with my wife, Margo.
Q: What is on your bucket list? A: To see Paris. I’d like to travel to Bora Bora, too.
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery? A: I’d buy an old movie theater, renovate it and show old movies for free.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Funyuns
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: No question, pizza.
Q: What is your definition of success? A: Doing something well, that you specifically set out to do.
Q: What is on the radio in your car? A: SXM Channel 24, Margaritaville
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: July 4th – Love to grill
Q: Is the glass half empty or half full? A: Most definitely half full.
Q: Are you messy or organized? A: Organized.
Q: What book did you read last? A: “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday
Q: What chore do you hate? A: I’ve never been a fan of raking leaves.
Q: First concert? A: Jimmy Buffett. Still his biggest fan.
Q: What does true leadership mean to you? A: Putting others before yourself.
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given? A: We all get 24 hours a day, choose how to use yours wisely.