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2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Joshua Dean (BS Management 2002)
Joshua Dean is Owner and Managing Broker of Joshua Dean Real Estate and Element Commercial Group, two suburban real estate fi rms. Joshua is also the Founder & CEO of Uberloop, an emerging technology startup company.

In 2001, while a Junior at NIU, Joshua started his fi rst company, College City Web, a website and graphic design fi rm that sourced and marketed the talents of other creative NIU students. In 2003, Joshua received his real estate license and began successfully selling real estate. In 2004, realizing an opportunity to better connect real estate related practitioners with local consumers, Joshua started Habitat Hunter, an online and retail based marketing platform.

In 2007, while still having great success in the real estate industry, Joshua branched out on his own and founded Joshua Dean Real Estate. Through his company website, JoshuaDean.com, Mr. Dean launched some of the very fi rst real estate education and property marketing videos that were used on the Internet. Shortly thereafter, Joshua was recognized by the Daily Herald Newspaper as being a 'Top 10 Entrepreneur under 30 in the Chicago suburbs'.

Joshua is currently in the process of launching Uberloop. Through the creation of a proprietary online and in-store sales and marketing platform, Uberloop allows businesses to build rich and genuine relationships with new and existing customers while also serving as a go-to social network for local business news, discounts, deals, and much more.

Mr. Dean is a 2002 honors graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a B.S. in Management. He resides in Naperville with his wife, Rebecca, and son, Grayson.