Bio


  • Michael Dean

    Michael Dean is the president and founder of M.J. Dean Construction, Inc., one of the most well-known and prolific construction companies in Southern Nevada.

    Born and raised in Las Vegas, he has witnessed first-hand the transition of small town Vegas to one of the world’s premier vacation destinations. When the demand for upscale mega-resorts and high-rise accommodations in the valley skyrocketed, Michael established a company that could not only meet those needs, but one that would excel beyond the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the industry. Michael graduated from Arizona State University’s College of Engineering with a B. S. Degree in General Building Construction in 1985. Before starting his own company he worked on numerous construction projects in the valley where he gained experience in Project Coordination, Estimating, and Drafting and Design. Utilizing the skills and experiences he acquired both in school and in his professional career, he established M.J. Dean in 1989. Since then, the company has continued to grow and evolve into one of the largest general contracting companies in the Southwest.The mark of M.J. Dean can be seen across the Las Vegas Strip. Projects such as The Mandalay Bay, Palms Place, and The Hard Rock have come to define the parameters of entertainment and luxury in the valley. As a general contractor, Michael Dean and M.J. Dean Construction, Inc. offer their clients a business partner who will facilitate the entire construction process; including pre-construction concerns, development of construction budgets and production schedules, management of subcontractors and government entities and the finalization of all projects on the most time and cost-effective schedule as possible.

    Michael has been a member of the Nevada Contractors Association (NCA) since 2000 where he served as the associations chairman from 2003 to 2004. He also serves as the Vice President for the Nevada chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) association. M.J. Dean Construction’s many achievements include the 2003 Contractor of the Year, the 2006 NCA Project of the Year Award for the Marriot Grand Chateau and the 2007 NCA Project of the Year Award for The Pearl Concert Venue at the Palms.

    Through his commitment to excellence and a dedication to professionalism, Michael Dean and M.J. Dean Construction, Inc. have continued to exceed industry standards by forming strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity and reliability. These characteristics, along with a deep rooted tie to the Las Vegas Valley have enabled Michael and his company to become one of the most recognized and respected names in contracting.


  • Roland Kent

    Roland Kent is the Executive Vice President and General Field Manager of M.J. Dean Construction, Inc.

    Roland oversees all essential field employees, as well as construction schedules, to ensure that all projects contracted with M.J. Dean are completed on time, within budget and to the highest quality available in the industry. Roland began his career in construction at the age of 17 when he began framing houses. At 19 he became a union carpenter and from there rose through the ranks to general superintendent before partnering with Michael Dean to open M.J. Dean in 1989.

    Since then, Roland has been integral to the construction and development of several landmark hotels and casinos in the Las Vegas Valley, including Mandalay Bay and The Hotel, Luxor, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Palms Place, Sky Las Vegas and numerous other high-rise hotel and casino projects.

  • Chris Flanagan

    Chris Flanagan is Chief Financial Officer of M.J. Dean Construction, Inc. He is responsible for financial operations and reporting.

    Chris spent several years in public accounting, where he gained a range of knowledge in such fields as real estate development/investment, distribution, professional services, non-profit, and franchising. Chris graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. He went on to become a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Nevada, and is also a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional. Chris is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Construction Financial Management Association, and the Nevada Society of CPAs.

  • Todd Leitel

    Todd Leitel is the Director of Operations of M.J. Dean Construction, Inc.

    Todd oversees all operations of the company to facilitate successful completion of projects on budget, on schedule while ensuring that M.J. Dean’s services consistently exceed our client’s expectations. Todd has 25 years of experience in the construction industry and had been involved with some of the largest projects in the Las Vegas valley. Todd’s projects include The Palazzo Hotel and Casino, Palazzo Condo Tower, Panorama Towers, Palms Playboy Tower and many others throughout Las Vegas.

  • John Thomason

    John Thomason is the Director of Field Operations for M.J. Dean Construction, Inc. where he oversees the company’s Field Superintendents in both the concrete division and General Contracting Teams.

    John develops and manages project coordination of concrete crews, materials and equipment. With over 30 years of construction experience in Southern Nevada, including 26 as a Superintendent, John brings M.J. Dean a vast amount of experience in development and implementation of projects on large, multi-phased commercial and hospitality projects. His experience includes work on some of Las Vegas’ most prominent Hotel and Casino Resort properties. John’s project portfolio includes well-known properties as The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Eastside Cannery, and Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.

  • Tommy Glidewell

    Tommy Glidewell is the Director of Information Technology and Human Resources for M.J. Dean Construction, Inc.

    Tommy joined M.J. Dean Construction in 2006 and he is responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations and service. His initiatives include improving service delivery through embracing effective and efficient use of technology; creating business models for delivering new services such as virtual and cloud computing; and leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to company needs. Tommy holds a BA degree in Computer Science, Masters of Science Information Systems, and a MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

  • Jeff Kent

    Jeff Kent is the Director of Safety for M.J. Dean Construction, Inc. and recipient of the 2002 Safest Contractor of the Year award by the Nevada Contractors Association

    Jeff is considered one of Las Vegas’ leading construction safety professionals. He successfully maintains the standard of safety which M.J. Dean Construction and its employees deserve and expect, all while striving to improve the training and methods used to prevent injuries without cutting into production. Jeff takes a proactive approach in helping to identify high risk situations based on the scope of work and surrounding area. With over 30 years of construction experience, Jeff has developed knowledge and expertise in the areas of risk management, safety, field operations, and project management. Jeff coordinates and conducts safety meetings specific to critical stages of the project in an effort to maintain continuity among all field personnel.

    Jeff helps M.J. Dean Construction keep our commitment to provide the highest level of safety in every project we participate in. With routine safety inspections, Jeff ensures compliance with OSHA regulations and certifying that all key personnel, even other contractors, have received the required OSHA safety training and education. He instills and maintains the culture of safety and leads a team of dedicated safety professionals both on-site and in-office. His proven leadership, along with a strong ability to develop, motivate and guide a team of an incident free workplace and lifestyle makes him an invaluable asset to the M.J. Dean Family.

    Accomplishments include: OSHA Training Institute U.C.S.D., OSHA 500 Certified Trainer, OSHA 510 Certified, C.C.H.D. Certified First Responder, Certified Class III Asbestos Removal Worker, Industrial Accident Investigation, Rescue Technician, Workplace Violence Awareness, Clark County Fire and Rescue job site quick response, Red Cross certified CPR infant and adult, CMC Rescue School, Certified High Angle Rescue Tech 1/11, Certified Competent Person Evacuations, Certified Competent Person Fall Protection, Law Enforcement Education, Hazardous Waste Management, Chemical Manufacturing and Water Distribution Infrastructure.