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R.D. Barnett PLLC

Dean Barnett

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In college, Dean dreamt of being an entrepreneur. However, entrepreneurship proved to be difficult without money, skills, or ideas. As a result, he became an accountant. Little did he know, a career in public accounting would ultimately lead him back to his dream of being an entrepreneur. His journey has been marked by a small period of time at a local Seattle accounting firm, a significant amount of time at PwC, a detour through real estate sales, finance and development, and finally founder of R.D. Barnett PLLC: a growing accounting, tax, and advisory firm.

Early in Dean's career he focused on private companies that ranged in size and complexity; including everything from large family owned companies to newly funded technology start-ups. This provided Dean with a strong foundation for understanding the tax implications of young and mature operating companies. Prior to leaving PwC, Dean managed the tax compliance and consulting for a $6 billion open ended global fund. Clients relied on him to provide specialized compliance and consulting solutions around a sophisticated capital stack, complex investments, and special allocations. Today, Dean is combining those experiences to offer a unique skill set of services to like-minded entrepreneurs.

Dean is an active board member at Inglewood Golf Club and the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He also finds great joy as director of the Western Golf Association where he is actively involved in the Evan's Scholars Foundation. The Foundation exists to send golf caddies to universities across the country on full scholarships.


  • New York University, Masters of Science in Real Estate, Finance Concentration, 2013
    *National semi-finalist 2013 MIT Case Competition
    *Recipient of the Schack Advisory Board scholarship
    *Recipient of the Future Alumni scholarship
  • University of Washington, Masters in Professional Accountancy, Taxation Focus, 2003
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Accounting & Finance, 2002
  • Recipent of the Chick "Evans" Memorial Scholarship; full tuition and housing
            awarded to golf caddies with excellent grades and outstanding character

Current Licenses

  • Washington State Certified Public Accountant, certified since 2005
  • Washington State Real Estate Broker, licensed since 2004

Previous Licenses

  • New York State Certified Public Accountant, certified 2010-2015
  • New York State Real Estate Salesperson, licensed 2010-2015


  • Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011, 2012, and 2013; Contributed to the Emerging Market Trends real estate publication co-authored by Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Interviewed CEOs and CFOs on real estate market issues such as supply/demand trends, Wall Street influence, liquidity, sources of capital, future of commercial mortgage backed securities, sustainable development, direction of capitalization rates, and best sectors.