Dean grew up in the Glens Falls/Lake George area. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree / Business Major.
After graduation Dean joined his family restaurant business, operating 3 Montcalm Restaurant locations in the greater Lake George region. Dean retired from the restaurant business in 2014. He has two adult children and lives in the Queensbury, New York area with his wife Debbie.