Board of Directors
Stuart Dean’s board of directors is comprised of highly accomplished professionals from a wide range of industries and professions. A number of the company’s board members have a long history with Stuart Dean and have been instrumental in its growth and development as an international provider of architectural restoration services.
Michael Degan was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in 1999 and serves on the Nominating and Compensation & Benefits Committees.
Michael Degan is partner and executive producer of Nonfiction Unlimited, a bi-coastal production company specializing in television commercials and film projects for international advertisers such as Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Ford, Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy.
Before joining the production community, Degan was a principal at Innovative Services, a computer consulting firm working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to create proprietary software systems. Earlier in his career, Degan worked for Stuart Dean, starting in the California division and then serving as manager of the marble & stone division in New York City. Degan later became manager of the Boston division. In 1989, he opened Stuart Dean’s San Francisco office.
Scott Halstead was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in 2001, and chairs the Audit Committee.
Halstead has 20 years of experience building high-growth, venture-backed companies. He currently serves as chief financial officer of Viator, Inc., the world’s leading online site for planning, researching and booking travel experiences. He is also a general partner at Flagship Partners, a private investment firm focused on early stage software-as-a-service companies. Previously, he was the chief executive officer of WageWorks, where he helped grow the company into the largest provider of consumer-directed health spending and savings accounts. During his time at WageWorks, the company was twice rated among the top 30 in Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies. Prior to WageWorks, he was the chief operating officer of eBenX, a publicly traded company that provides health and welfare benefits administration services to large and mid-sized employers.
Halstead holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
James Degan has served on the Stuart Dean Board since 2002. He also serves on the Investment and Nominating Committees.
Degan served as Stuart Dean’s president and CEO from 2002 to April 2011. He also served as general manager of Stuart Dean’s Virginia division. Prior to those roles, Degan was an account manager at Tetra Pak, a Swedish company that sells production, processing and packaging systems to the food industry. He had previously served as a salesman, and sales manager for Stuart Dean’s Illinois division.
Degan received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Timothy Shea was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in 2002 and is Chairman of the Compensation & Benefits Committee.
Shea is president of Assa Abloy Hospitality, a global division of the Stockholm based ASSA ABLOY Company (NASDAQ: ASSA B). The Hospitality Division is the world leader in hotel security technology with products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms. The Division consists of 17 international business units coupled with local distribution networks serving 155 countries around the world.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Robert T. Cook, CPA
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Secretary
Robert Cook has served as Stuart Dean’s chief financial officer since 2006. In this role, Cook is responsible for cost control and forecasting, strategic planning, and operational and corporate third-party services.
Cook is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Stuart Dean, he held positions at KPMG; Siemens AG; and as divisional CFO for Omnicom, an international advertising conglomerate.
Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Adelphi University
Chris Degan has served on the Stuart Dean Board since May 2010.
Degan is currently co-owner and vice president of operations and development for Razzoo's, Inc., overseeing restaurant operations in the company’s home market of Dallas, TX. His development responsibilities involve site selection, lease negotiation / execution for new restaurant units as well as coordination of the design and construction phases for new stores and renovation projects.
Degan holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
Edward Gargiulo, Jr.
Edward Gargiulo was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in 2010.
Edward Gargiulo is Vice President of East Coast Asset Management and Acquisitions at Petrus Partners, Ltd., a mid-sized private equity commercial real estate firm based in New York. For Petrus’ East Coast portfolio, Edward oversees all acquisitions, asset management, property management and leasing. His responsibilities also include oversight of all local management teams, architects, general contractors and legal firms. Prior to joining Petrus, Edward was a Director of Leasing for Tishman Speyer Properties, where he oversaw leasing for approximately 5 million square feet in Midtown Manhattan.
Edward earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, an MBA from New York University and also sits on the Board of Directors of St. Peter’s Preparatory in Jersey City, NJ.
Jeffrey Degan has served on the Stuart Dean board since May 2011.
Jeffrey Degan works for Logiways, a French start-up based in Paris that specializes in software and hardware for the Pay TV industry, where he is Documentation Manager. Prior to his role with Logiways, Jeff worked for a number of international technology companies, most notably DoubleClick and Philips corporations.
He lives in France with his wife and two daughters.
Bruce Hallett was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in March 2011.
Hallett serves as CEO of Murdoch Books, a publisher based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to this role, he was president of MyPublisher, an Internet-based photo book publisher based in New York. He also served as a consultant to a variety of companies, including Institutional Investor, News Corp and Veria. Hallett’s professional experience also includes an impressive career with Time-Warner, where he was president of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Hallett also served as managing director of Time, Inc. Magazines Pty., Ltd.
A graduate of Princeton and Columbia Business School, he has served as a trustee of Phillips Exeter in Exeter, N.H.
Mark Parrish was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in May 2011.
Mark Parrish is president and chief executive officer of Stuart Dean. Parrish’s distinguished career spans both the public and private sectors, with experience ranging from publicly traded companies to private equity and private enterprises alike, and from consumer-branded manufacturers to commercial service providers.
Prior to joining Stuart Dean, Parrish served as president and CEO of Deceuninck North America, a leading international manufacturer of doors, windows and outdoor living products. He has also held senior leadership positions at The Simmons Companies, MW Manufacturers, and Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Parrish is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Army Aviator. As an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot, Parrish served in Operations Desert Shield and Storm, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for Valor. After 10 years, he transitioned from uniformed service while earning two Master of Science degrees in engineering and management from the Leaders for Global Operations Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Elaine Cullen joined the Stuart Dean Board in August 2012.
Cullen has extensive management experience in the retail industry and is currently the owner of The Curtain Exchange of New Orleans, a retail specialty store that offers high-end, custom-made and ready-made window coverings. Prior to this, Cullen served in roles of increasing responsibility at ADDCO Metal Maintenance Co. in New Orleans as an account representative and operations manager. She also served as an independent contractor at Applied Design in New York, which offers design services and technical support for the application of designs on architectural metals; and a sales representative at both ADDCO Metal Maintenance Co. and Stuart Dean Company. Cullen began her career as an assistant buyer at Godchaux’s in New Orleans.
Cullen studied history at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ.