Dennis’ commitment to and passion for serving others was molded from the very earliest years of his life. He was raised in an environment where making a positive difference was important, a factor that influenced his decision to enter the military. Both of his parents were educators who also volunteered within their local community, his father as chief of the volunteer fire department and his mother as a church volunteer. By the time he entered high school, Dennis knew he wanted to enter the military to serve his country.
Following high school, Dennis attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. After graduating, he served more than seven years in the Army, was deployed for two years as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and earned a Bronze Star while deployed.
In 2011, upon completion of his service, he began the pursuit of his MBA at Columbia. Dennis desires to create a career path driven by his passion for technology that takes full advantage of his leadership experience gained in the Army. Short term, he plans to take on challenging management positions in the technology industry. In the long term, he aspires to a leadership position where he can influence the direction of new technology innovation at the macro level.
Service continues to be a priority for Dennis as evidenced by his volunteer efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project and his service as a volunteer coach and mentor for struggling small businesses during the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.