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Dean Valentine

Dean ValentineMr. Valentine is an advisor to the Kelson Group. Most recently, he was a Managing Director with Gerson Global Advisors (“GGA”), an investment banking and sovereign advisory firm where he was largely focused on M&A business development. Prior to GGA, he served as Chief Operating Officer of a foreign-owned security and risk-management company. From 2004 to 2008, he served as a Senior Vice President and Co-Portfolio Manager at Four Corners Capital Management (“Four Corners”), an investment management company overseeing $3.8 billion of high-yield corporate debt assets. At Four Corners, Mr. Valentine was responsible for the management and underwriting of approximately $650 million of the firm’s investments. Prior to joining Four Corners, Mr. Valentine was an investment banker with Wachovia Securities’ Corporate Finance Group in Los Angeles. Mr. Valentine presently serves with distinction as a Reserve Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy’s elite Special Warfare / SEAL teams. His duty assignments have included deployments to Asia, South America, and Europe as a platoon commander and as a special operations force planner. Mr. Valentine holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a BS in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.



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