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Dion Manly

Senior Vice President, Operations

"People hate to change, but they love to experiment."

Dale Dauten, “The Max Strategy”

As Senior Vice President, Operations, Dion works broadly across Walker Sands to optimize processes and systems as the agency continues its rapid expansion. With a passion for both rigorous analysis and people, Dion enjoys implementing and fine-tuning processes that help his colleagues serve clients at ever-increasing levels of excellence and efficiency. He looks at operational excellence from varied perspectives, aiming to optimize the connections between people, process, finance and technology.

Originally from California, Dion interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory while earning his degree in civil engineering and a minor in management from the University of California, Irvine. After leaving UCI, Dion moved to Chicago to begin his career in the management consulting industry with McKinsey & Company and went on to work in several industries, including asset management, investment research and higher education. Dion is currently pursuing his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt to continue building his skill set in all things operations.


  • Process Improvement
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Business Modeling
  • Project Management
  • Cheesecake


  • Continuous Improvement
  • Data Analysis
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Video Editing
  • DIY Home Improvement


  • Operational Excellence
  • Change Management
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry
  • Guitar

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