Dean Martinez is the CEO of DRI, the largest association for civil defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Dean is an outcome-driven attorney executive with a long track record in a full range of strategic management operations, marked by a successful career comprised of numerous leadership roles in professional societies and nonprofit organizations.
He joined DRI in the spring of 2020, his innovative vision, proactive leadership and entrepreneurial spirit has led DRI to adjust its programming strategy to not only include the highest quality of on-person programming but to include dynamic virtual content that make networking easy, to meet current and future needs of DRI members.
Prior to joining DRI, Dean served as the General Counsel (GC) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for APICS/Association of Supply chain Management, Illinois Deputy Governor, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, Chief Legal Counsel of the Illinois Department of financial Institutions, and Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. He holds a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a B.A. from DePaul University, and lives in Illinois with his wife and three children.