51 Businesses Launched
35 Million in Annual Revenues
225 Members of Staff
Dave Dean - Founder & CEO
Founder of Renegade Entrepreneurs Ltd, Dave Dean has been self-employed since 1990 and launched over 20 businesses in the UK and the US. He’s also acquired and sold several small businesses.
In that time, Dave’s experienced both success and failure.
A business coach since 2012, Dave is ICF trained, certified with US based John Maxwell Team and has coached and mentored business owners across the world.
Along with business partner, Darren James, Dave still retains investments in several businesses and commercial property… though he has successfully removed himself from these businesses day to day.
Having spent several years working with numerous Mastermind providers Dave felt there was more that could be done. As a result, in 2017, he launched Renegade Entrepreneurs Ltd to make the Masterminding process available to every business owner and not just the Elite!
Dave is married to Michelle (Renegades Head of Admin) and proud father to 26-year-old twins Jon and Tom, and 15-year-old Joe.
He loves to read, listen and write… enjoys cycling, walking and travel, regularly spending time in Andalucia, Southern Spain and enjoys great food and good wine.
James Vanreusel - CFO (US)
James Vanreusel is the founder and CEO of Vanreusel Ventures LLC. The company provides CFO advisory services and executive coaching to help organizations develop strong foundations upon which to scale and replicate internationally. We combine finance and coaching skills to allow our clients to set ambitious financial goals for their company and develop the mindset and personal processes needed to execute this vision.
James had an 8-year career on Wall Street generated approximately US$8 Million annually by leveraging primary and secondary capital markets and building deep relationships with hedge funds and mutual funds.
As a consultant with Grassroots Capital (private equity) and Blue Orchard Finance S.A. (asset management) in New York in 2008 and 2009, he worked primarily on fundraising and building proprietary portfolio and holding company models.
From 2009-2014, he served as CFO at SPBD Microfinance, where he launched and operated 3 start-up micro-finance banks in Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. He also created a network-wide holding company based in Singapore, growing the platform by 600%.
James is a CFA Charter holder since 2009 and has been published in CFA Magazine on the topic of Microfinance. He holds a MBA from Rice University and a BA in Mathematics and Accounting from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Originally from Oostende, Belgium, he speaks English, Dutch, and French and is conversant in Spanish. He played Division 1 Varsity Tennis and continues to play competitively for the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Michelle Dean - Head of Admin
Having spent 10 years in the business support team with the South Wales Fire Service, Michelle took a Sabbatical to work with Husband, Dave, on one of his projects. This led her to identify an opportunity to provide Personal Assistant services to entrepreneurs (not the easiest task in the world she says!)
Now, Michelle runs her own business, Peridot PA, providing services to Entrepreneurs and Business Owners and also manages a small property portfolio.
Michelle heads the Renegade Admin Team and ensures the Board and Faculty, (and Dave in particular!!) are kept on their toes!
Steve Matthews - CTO
Steve Matthews is a tech entrepreneur who is passionate about helping other business owners achieve their goals.
From a humble childhood, brought up on a tough council estate, Steve then spent 7 years in the Armed Forces serving in the Gulf, Adriatic and the Falkland Islands before moving into a career in civvy street.
With an ingrained entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to succeed, Steve set up on his own in 2005 but tasted the bitter disappointment of failure in 2007.
Hardened and wiser from that set back, Steve founded Foresee in 2009 which has seen considerable growth ever since.
“Begin with the end in mind”, has always been a mantra and having set out to make himself redundant from his own business, he managed to achieve that in 2016.
Steve now focuses on coaching and mentoring his internal staff that will ensure the business can continue to thrive without him being involved in the day to day operation. “The purpose of a leader is to build more leaders not followers”, can be heard every day.
In addition, he coaches and mentors several private clients around the UK.
Married to Michele, with two teenage children, Martha and Daniel he enjoys family time but is passionate about travelling, all thing sport and the odd glass of red wine.
A former 3 handicap on the golf course, Steve still hits the links every now and again, though he’s more passionate about cycling these days. He uses this passion to raise money for Velindre Cancer Hospital which included cycling across New Zealand which raised over £120,000.
Ian Stewart - Chief Strategist!
Serial entrepreneur, Ian Stewart is the Founder and CEO of Auto Sport Dynamics (ASD) in Charlotte NC. He’s been involved as a race engineer in numerous disciplines of racing, and has been winning races and championships since 1990.
After leaving a management position in NASCAR in 2007, Ian founded ASD with the intent to bring race car engineering to a higher level in professional drifting. He began with one race car, and a couple key members to his team. Within 2 seasons, he was running four of the top cars in the sport. By the end of the third season, ASD had brought home the Championship.
He subsequently led the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang built by ASD to the Formula Drift Championship with 6 podiums in 7 races, a Formula Drift record. The team’s phenomenal success continues.
Ian is also founder of RTR Mustang, their exclusive customisation options for Ford’s iconic Mustang are now available through Ford dealers worldwide.
When not strategizing new ways to grow his now numerous business ventures, Ian loves spending time relaxing with his family.
Jay Emery - Founding Member
Jay Emery is the Founder and CEO of Kidderminster based, Dingley Dell Enterprises, the manufacturers of Bushman Wood Fired Ovens. He is also the author of ‘From a Spark to a Flame’.
Jay is a passionate business owner who loves to help his customers develop their businesses and themselves to their peak potential. In previous careers, Jay has also been a ski-instructor and an entertainer.
Married to Elaine and step father to Kelly and Tori.
His passion is his business, but in his spare time he also loves cooking, traveling, powder skiing, scuba diving and flying Para-Motors.