Executive Director since January 2010
Since becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the fledgling organization in 2010, Dean Hybl has helped Ten at the Top earn regional and national recognition for developing connections, fostering collaboration and building regional capacity across communities and stakeholder groups.
During his initial year with TATT, Dean directed the effort to develop the Our Upstate Vision, which was created through the input of more than 10,000 Upstate residents.
As Ten at the Top has grown and developed as a regional convener and facilitator for collective capacity building, Hybl has spearheaded efforts to grow regional networks and partnerships around a wide array of issues including transportation & mobility, child well-being, education, entrepreneurial support services, workforce development, air quality, community vibrancy and land use planning, just to name a few. He has also led TATT’s efforts to develop regional inventories and interactive asset maps that quantify and increase awareness of the number of organizations, programs or services in the Upstate around Outdoor Recreation, Child Well-Being, Senior Services, Education Entities, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Arts & Culture.
Dean has been recognized multiple times by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders. TATT was recognized in 2011 as a finalist for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship’s Organizational Champions Award. In 2016, Dean received the Welling Award for Regional Collaboration in the Upstate and in 2018 he was recognized by Upstate Forever as their Land Planning and Policy Champion. Ten at the Top also received the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) Outstanding Planning Advocate Award for 2018.
A member of multiple organizations and boards across the Upstate, Dean was a founding co-chair of Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network) and has been on the board of directors for Community Works Carolina and the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the National Advisory Board for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.
Prior to joining TATT, Dean spent five years promoting regional collaboration in the Central Florida area through myregion.org. In addition to serving as the primary Program Manager for their “How Shall We Grow?” initiative, he also coordinated initiatives on environmental preservation, improving science and math education, arts and culture, economic development and social services. In addition, Dean spent 15 years in college athletics as a Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics, including six years at Hampden-Sydney College and nine years at Rollins College.
Originally from Keysville, Virginia, Dean is a graduate of James Madison University. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children—Bethany and Nate—and currently reside in Greer.
Where can you be found on the weekends?
Probably throwing a ball with Nate in the back yard
What’s your hidden talent?
I played the tuba in my college marching band
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Measure twice, cut once