“Through this one effort, over $19,000 was raised,” said Spiegel. “Seif could have sold the car and collected the money for himself, but this is just one example of the giving heart he has.”
“I have known Dean for over 20 years,” said John Weyhgandt, owner of Western States Financial and the chamber’s 2018 chairman of the board. “When someone is in need, you can always count on him to step up and help. It’s who he is. Period. Citizen of the year, perfect.”
When asked about his philanthropic passions, Seif said, “It’s our social responsibility, especially as business owners; we have a responsibility to do what we can to help the community.”
After running the body shop for the past 15 years, Seif has noticed the impact of technology on the industry and stressed the importance of always being ahead of the curve. To stay up-to-date with new developments and technology, he regularly reads industry publications and attends events such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Spiegel said Seif continually seeks to improve and work with other businesses---even competitors. Seif was one of only three recipients of California Chamber’s “Small Business Advocate of the Year” in 2017.
“He believes there is enough business for everyone, and he shares ‘tidbits’ and ‘nuggets’ that business owners and managers can put into place immediately and see instant results,” said Spiegel. “He truly is one-of-a-kind—a true American by choice, and tremendous friend to many.”