Dean grew up south of Boston in Braintree, MA. He was raised in a close knit Italian family where it was mandatory to attend Sunday Lunch at Noni and Pa’s home along with his Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins. He was lucky enough to have an Uncle Arthur Stearns who was a stone mason by trade. Uncle Artie hired all his nephews at one time or another. During this time Dean did everything from stocking jobs, mixing, and cleaning up. He learned the stone trade from the ground up. He felt lucky when Uncle Artie let him cut and set a stone. He worked through High School and during breaks from College. Dean received a Business Management Degree from Curry College. After graduation he worked for the Chrysler Corporation and started to climb the corporate ladder with two promotions in his two years there. Dean left the corporate world and moved to NYC and LA for the next ten years.
In 2000 he decided to move back home with his wife and young son. At this time he and his cousin Derek picked up the “tools” and got back to the trade they learned from Uncle Artie. The business grew and so did the opportunities including hosting two shows for the DIY Network, “Rock Solid” and “Indoors Out”. Dean and Derek built their national brand along the way and are known as top stone masons and outdoor designers. They both are presently developing and designing products, doing radio, Trade Shows around the country, and always most importantly working in their trade installing and designing. Dean’s favorite quote”I will die with my work boots on”!