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U the Leader master trainer Dean Katris is a walking example of the idea that if you want something enough, and you are willing to give it your all, you can attain it. Dean drives the message of U the Leader with heartfelt passion, delivering a powerful experience to students who are willing to break through their barriers and who want to live big. Dean is a dedicated father of four with a huge smile and an even bigger heart.

Here’s more about leadership development trainer Dean Katris.

Where are U from?

Las Vegas, Nevada—born and raised.

Who inspires U?

Many people inspire me but all for different reasons. My parents first of all … they inspired me every day for their true love for one another and they showed me that love and marriage can last forever, and there is no such thing as an expiration date on love. Even with my mom’s recent passing, my father still speaks of her daily. Their love is endless. Another thing that inspires me is other people’s personal stories about overcoming adversity. When people stick to their words and keep their promises—that truly inspires me, too.

What is your favorite food?

Sushi! I would eat it all day, every day!

What is the first thing U think about in the morning and the last thing U think about before going to bed?

The first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning is all of the tasks I have for that day and what appointments I have. I fall asleep watching Sports Center every night so I tend to think of sports before I end my day.

Who is Dean Katris?

A father, a son, a friend and someone who wants to live life big—always, every day.

Read more about trainer Dean Katris.