Our Team

Our team is led by Dean Donovan and Brian Flynn, each a former CEO. The team has a deep experience in starting companies from both the operating and investing side of the ledger and decades of experience in mobility. As a result, DiamondStream tends to take a hands on approach to helping its portfolio companies.

William Dean Donovan

Managing Director and Co-founder


In 2004, he co-founded Volaris and continues to sit on the Board of Directors. The company has been listed on the NYSE since 2013, employs a ULCC business model, and flies in Mexico, Canada, Central America and the US. He also co-founded Casino Marketing Alliance, a travel analytics and marketing firm. He helped form Metropolitan Bankgroup, where he served on the Board and as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Metropolitan was sold to Renasant in 2017.

Mr. Donovan served as Chairman of Stellar Labs, a software company focused on global distribution technologies for private aviation and continues to serve on Board. He also sits on the board of Prophet, a marketing consultancy, and twice served as Chair of the Special Committee during the firm’s recapitalization efforts.
Mr. Donovan has served as COO of Nimblefish Technologies, a micro-marketing technology platform and as CEO of SearchForce, a paid search workflow management and optimization platform.

Between 1989 and 2003 Mr. Donovan worked with Bain & Company consulting to executives in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He ran Bain’s Africa business and headed Bain’s auto and aviation practices at various times.

Mr. Donovan received his MBA with honors from the Wharton School and his B.A. from University of California Berkeley, where he graduated with Honors in Rhetoric and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

Brian Charles Flynn, Jr.

Managing Director and Co-founder


Mr. Flynn co-founded Volaris (NYSE: VLRS), Mexico’s second largest airline. He also co-founded Casino Marketing Alliance, a travel analytics and marketing firm. Mr. Flynn helped form The Metropolitan Bank and build it to $1.3B in assets. Among other investments, Mr. Flynn led the acquisition and turnaround of Victory Refrigeration which led to a 13x return for investors.

He previously was a Managing Director at Bachow & Associates, the then largest private equity fund in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with investors such as CalPERS and the Ford Foundation. At Bachow, he identified, negotiated an investment in or acquisition of, built, grew, and sold companies in a variety of industries.

Mr. Flynn served as CEO of Innova Corporation (now Harris Corporation: HRS), a leading telecom equipment company that resulted in a 22x return for investors. Prior to Bachow, he was a consultant at Bain & Company where he met Mr. Donovan. Mr. Flynn also worked for DLJ in investment banking and GE Capital in finance.

He is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of Columbia Business School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College, and he also studied at the London School of Economics. He sits/sat on various public and private company boards of directors.

David John Spurlock

Managing Director


Mr. Spurlock was a Senior Managing Director of the Seabury Group. During his tenure, Seabury was acquired by Accenture where he continued to lead the airline practice. The Seabury Group was the largest dedicated advisory practice serving the global aerospace and airline industries. Mr. Spurlock was the co-lead of the aircraft advisory practice serving major aircraft manufacturers and leading airlines. Selected work includes acquiring fleets of 787, A350, 737 family, and A320 family aircraft for leading global airlines including United Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Aeromexico. Additionally, Mr. Spurlock advised both major airframe manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus, and two of the three major engine manufacturers on their product development programs. He was also the founder of Eos Airlines, the first trans-atlantic all-premium airline, and also senior executive with British Airways where he was responsible for the corporate strategy, fleet planning, network planning and revenue management departments. In this role, Mr. Spurlock held profit and loss responsibility for the mainline airline.

He has worked with and invested alongside DiamondStream Partners for over a decade. Mr. Spurlock is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Traci Ho Kim

Vice President


Ms. Kim is a former startup executive with over fourteen years of experience working in finance, technology, government, and utilities prior to joining DiamondStream Partners.

Since 2016, she has been working with DiamondStream on evaluating deals, fund marketing, and investor relationships. Prior to this, she worked with a private aviation technology company on strategic initiatives and financial planning.

Ms. Kim also ran business and finance for an on-demand technology startup, responsible for business operations, strategy, and finance. She previously led energy policy and innovation for the State of Hawaii and worked in strategic planning and investor relations with an electric utility.
While at Google, Ms. Kim helped create Google’s first renewable energy investment team, developing investment strategy, sourcing deals, building partnerships, and managing deal teams. Ms. Kim also worked at Bain and Company and Capital One.

She received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her A.B. in Economics, with a certificate in Finance, from Princeton University.

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