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Dennis was born in California and attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he majored in Economics. He left UCLA in his junior year, impatient to begin a career. He first enlisted in the USMC to satisfy his country’s service requirement. Upon the end of his military service, Dennis embarked on his business career, starting with IBM. Many years later, in 2006, Dennis relocated to Dallas, Texas when he took over as Chairman and CEO of a public company headquartered there.

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The Board of Directors for a Private Enterprise, by Dennis J. Cagan.

A comprehensive inside look at creating and managing the boards of private companies of all types. What every entrepreneur, private company owner and CEO should know about boards. 

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Board of Directors

Dennis Cagan was honored as an Outstanding Director for 2013 by the Dallas Business Journal and NACD.

Since 1968 Mr. Cagan has been a director of 67 for-profit companies. Of those, 18 have been venture capital-backed, and 10 have been public at one time. He has founded or co-founded 16, he has been CEO of 12 and chairman or presiding director of over half. He is currently on the boards of:

Boards of Directors – previous and current

  1. GBC Associates
  2. Incorporated Management Systems
  3. Inner Garden
  4. SOROC Technologies Inc.
  5. David Jamison Carlyle Corporation * (NASDAQ: DJCC, then acquired by public British firm)
  6. Ducommun Data Systems (sold to a public company)
  7. Design 1 Interiors
  8. Century Computer Marketing (sold to a public company)
  9. Data Enterprise Services (merged into CCM above)
  10. Carlyle Contract Services
  11. National Electronics Corporation
  12. Perini Software Corporation
  13. Insight Development
  14. HealthSoft, Inc.
  15. Great Bear Technologies (NASDAQ: GTBR)
  16. Wavefront Technologies (NASDAQ, later acquired by Silicon Graphics)
  17. Meridian Software
  18. Tidemark
  19. StarPress (NASDAQ: GZON)
  20. Intervista Software (acquired by Platinum Software-Computer Associates International: CA)
  21., Inc. (NASDAQ, merged with, now OpenWave: OPWV)
  22. Acorn Technologies, Inc.
  23. Human Race, Inc.
  24. ISOCOR (acquired by Critical Path: CPTH)
  25. Message Media, Inc. (acquired by DoubleClick: DCLK)
  26. Sanctuary Woods Multimedia Corp. (x-SWMC)
  27. Supply Solution, Inc. (merged with TradeBeam)
  28. Commission Junction, Inc. (acquired by ValueClick: VLCK)
  29. Santa Barbara Technology Group, LLC.
  30. Inc.
  31. Virtual Bandwidth, Inc.
  32. Unified Dispatch, Inc.
  33. Cooperating Systems, Inc./Epidemic Networks, Inc.
  34. New Entrepreneur Venture Fund
  35. InTouch Technologies.
  36. Bargain Network, Inc. (acquired by Vertrue: VTRU)
  37. TouchCommerce, Inc. (formerly InQ, Inc.)
  38. Blue Casa Communications
  39. SmartReceipt, Inc. (formerly Nutricate Corporation)
  40. SaluDent International Inc.
  41. Scam Safe/TrustOn, Inc.
  42. TWL Corp. (TWLO.OB)
  43. Noza, LLC
  44. SureBooks, LLC
  45. Virtech Paralegal
  46. Merchant National
  47. NL Systems, LLC (dba Encryptics)
  48. Copper Mobile, Inc.
  49. Cosiin Inc.
  50. Tavros Technology
  51. Virimar Holdings
  52. Heart Stories.
  53. Prista Corporation
  54. Pratter, Inc.
  55. Precision Location Intelligence, Inc. dba QA Locate
  56. PonyUp Technologies, Inc.
  57. OneYum, Inc.
  58. TCCR, Inc.
  59. nDivision, Inc. (OTC: NDVN)
  60. Verimos, Inc.
  61. Boreas Technologies, Inc.
  62. GasItUp, Inc.
  63. ThinkX, Inc.
  64. Howzbout, Inc.
  65. Protexol Inc.
  66. PHY Wireless Inc.
  67. Guardian Alliance Holdings, Inc.