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The DBO culture is one of unselfishness and mutual respect. That culture translates well to putting the client’s interest first.”

Gordon Dean, Founding Partner

Gordon is a founding partner of DBO Partners. He began his professional career as a securities lawyer in Washington DC focusing on the IPOs of financial institutions. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1986 where he rose to become a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking. He ran the San Francisco Investment Banking operations and was co-head of the firm’s Western Region. Gordon serves on the Board of Directors of Stillwater Growth Corp. I, a technology-focused SPAC of which DBO is a founding member.

He has served on a variety of boards, including the Georgetown University Board of Regents as well as the boards of Engineering Change, KnowledgeBeat, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Zoological Society, where he was Chairman.

Gordon earned an A.B. in Economics from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from Yale University School of Management, and a J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar.

His favorite books read recently include The Coddling of the American Mind, The Once and Future Worker, Anxious People and The Keys to Winning a Duel.