Dean & Associates works with other well-established entities who are experts in their particular field, so that their skills can be harnessed, as required, for the benefit of our clients. Brief descriptions of our Strategic Associates, including their website links, are provided below.

Hamilton Hotel Partners

HAMILTON HOTEL PARTNERS [“HHP”] is a world class Advisory Company based in London, focusing primarily on:

  • Asset Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Acquisition and Development Support
  • Strategic Planning and Portfolio Reviews

HHP’s Founding Principals, Frank Croston and Chris Evans, are amongst the most highly respected executives in the international Hospitality Industry with a wealth of know-how and operational expertise.. HHP has assembled a talented team of hospitality professionals to serve their growing portfolio of clients which includes individual hotel owners and investors, legal practices, major international hotel brands, sovereign wealth funds, banks, private equity groups and national governments.

Gildersleeve Partners, LLC

Gildersleeve Partners LLC (GP) is a Seattle-based international firm specializing in business development, real estate brokerage and advisory services focused on the resort industry.  GP’s two principals have a combined 60+ years of experience and expertise, and have had P&L responsibility in large public and private companies covering virtually every area of resort development, marketing, sales, operations and finance.

Jeff Sites is the co-founder of Trendwest Resorts.  He guided its growth from start-up to public company as its CFO, COO, President and ultimately CEO before an acquisition by Cendant for almost US$1 billion in 2004.  Larry Gildersleeve has held executive level positions from VP to CEO at Resort Condominiums International, Interval International, Hilton Grand Vacations Company and Trendwest.  Either or both Sites and Gildersleeve are involved “hands on” with every assignment or engagement the firm undertakes.

The Gildersleeve Partners Consulting Consortium is comprised of more than a dozen individuals and companies in the U.S. and abroad whose expertise enables GP to confidently state it can be of assistance for almost any resort-related need almost anywhere in the world.



BERGENT is a Melbourne-based Consumer and Market Research Company which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Drawing from a complete range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques, Bergent works with its clients to select the most efficient method to solve the problem at hand, ranging from depth interviews or focus groups through to complex ethnographic studies and large sample investigations using sophisticated multi-factorial statistical techniques.

Bergent has a consistent track record of providing practical marketing intelligence to a wide range of Australian and international clients.  Bergent’s work helps its clients create their own market space by better understanding and responding to changing customer needs and wants as well as understanding the mindset and decision hierarchy of specific market segments.


THR, is a Barcelona-based company dedicated exclusively to providing integral solutions to tourism problems. It was founded in 1985 by Eulogio Bordas, its current president, whose first and main concern was to gather and maintain a select group of collaborators, outstanding in international arenas.

THR initially grew within Spain and then spread globally as the first Spanish tourism consultancy to carry out tourism projects on behalf of companies, governments and international bodies, such as the EU and the WTO. THR has worked on many projects in Spain and in more than 40 other countries including Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas, and the Middle East.

THR is the leading tourism consultancy in Spain and one of the most famous internationally for its broad, all-encompassing experience, global and up-to-date knowledge and, in a very particular way, for its capacity to innovate.

In particular, THR has extensive experience in destination marketing and management. Its clients include land owners, real-estate promoters and construction companies, hotel groups, diversification companies, institutional investors, financial entities and clients from the public sector.


VO Associates are full service Vacation Ownership and Timeshare specialists, offering practical solutions to optimise returns and accelerate cash flow on hotel, resort and purpose built inventory. We engage at whatever stage our clients require; to assist with / re-direct established operations or, at inception, after a review of our clients’ objectives, to set out a concise go / no go appraisal. When applicable, we spell out the next steps required to deliver a successful project, explain what resources would be required and how we can assist with delivery.