Prior to his honorable career as an accountant, D. Dean Riley notably served four years in the U.S. Army beginning in 1959. As a result of proficiency tests taken in the military, he made the decision to attend one of the top accounting colleges in the country, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. By 1967, he had earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting, as well as a Master of Science in taxation in 1986. Today, he holds membership with the New Hampshire Society of CPAs and the Tax Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
At the start of his career, Mr. Riley was an instructor at the University of New Hampshire before becoming a certified public accountant for a transportation company. In 1967, he served as a state income tax manager for Pneumo Dynamics through 1970, gaining vast expertise in the tax sphere of accounting. Some years later, in 1982, he spearheaded his eponymously named firm, D. Dean Riley CPA, where he excelled as an accountant for nearly two decades until retiring in 2020.
Mr. Riley learned very early in his career that the key to success was to treat people, both clients and co-workers, with the respect and consideration that he would expect in return. Realizing the income taxes is not the easiest and most exciting subject to understand, a one-hour session would be assigned to a client who would come in for tax preparation for a subsequent year. He notes that 55 minutes of the hour would be spent catching up with what’s been going on with the clients personally and professionally for the past year. Only the remaining five minutes were dedicated to discussing taxes.
Upon reflection, Mr. Riley is most proud to have been a contributing delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business held in 1986 during the term of President Ronald Reagan. Outside of his professional work, he is proud to have competed in numerous running races at ABC’s Wide World of Sports and the National Senior Games held in Orlando, FL, placing fourth in the 10K run and winning a Bronze Medal for the 5K run. In addition, Mr. Riley volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.