Achievement in Business Award – Reunion 2010

Dean Criares transferred from the University of Richmond to follow his brother, James C’83, to Drew in the fall of 1982.  Three years later, he emerged with a double major in political science and economics, with the United Nations Semester and good memories of playing baseball behind him.

After a stint at the European American Bank, Dean joined CIBC World Markets in 1987.  In his last assignment there, he was a managing director and a portfolio manager for the structured investment vehicles managed by Trimaran Advisors LLC.  His previous responsibility included structuring and underwriting senior secured debt, primarily for leveraged issuers.  Along the way, Dean earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1994.

From CIBC, Dean moved in 2002 to The Blackstone Group.  There he founded Blackstone Debt Advisors and part of the Corporate Debt Groups.  He headed Blackstone’s management of structured investment vehicles and served as co-chairman of the team’s Investment Committee, where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the group as well as oversight of the investment process.

Continuing involvement with Drew has been important in Dean’s life.  He has been a member of the College Alumni Association Board, an Economics Volunteer, and a member of  the Drew Alumni Recruitment Team (DART).  He began participating in Drew’s Wall Street Semester, which offers students an in-depth experience of New York’s financial markets, in 1997.  He served four years on the Metro New York Committee for Drew’s Gateways to the Future campaign.  In 2004, he was elected by the College of Liberal Arts alumni as one of the College’s two alumni-elected Trustees, a position in which he continues to serve.

Dean has also volunteered in New York City, where he was a resident for many years.  He is a director of USO Metropolitan New York, which operates two service centers in the New York City area, offering a “home away from home” for U.S. military personnel and their families.  He and his wife, Karen, and their children, Carly and Theodore, now live in Summit, New Jersey.