Senior finance executives come to Dennis Gannon on a daily basis for his perspective on how best to maximize their returns on reinvesting in their businesses and when to return capital to shareholders. In an era of uncertain growth opportunities and intense global competition, finance leaders rely on Mr. Gannon's expertise to help create world-class budgeting, forecasting, and decision support processes within their organizations. Since joining the company in 2004, Mr. Gannon has become well-known for his keen ability to connect the dots between finance functions and bring a long-term perspective to member challenges. This has made him highly sought after by CFOs, Treasurers and other finance leaders. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Gannon consulted professional sports franchises on customer retention strategies. He earned an MBA with honors in Finance and Sports Business from the University of Oregon, and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. Mr. Gannon is based in Portland, Oregon. He is an outdoors enthusiast and you can find him most weekends hiking along the Oregon Coast, or playing his guitar during the many rainy days of the year.