Prior to Great Dane, Engelage worked for American Airlines and General Dynamics in marketing, purchasing and finance, and most recently spent more than 16 years with Great Dane's parent company, CC Industries, in various management positions. Dean began his career with CC Industries in 1996 in the marketing department of Woodard, a Crown-owned furniture company, ultimately becoming President in 2004.
After Woodard was sold in 2008, Dean worked on the Johnson Truck Bodies and Trail King acquisitions and also managed the Crown's Asia operations. Today he retains an oversight role of the Crown's Asia operations in both the furniture and transportation industries.
Dean is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has a Master's degree in Finance.