Derek grew up in a small town in Maine that first began his allure with the Sea. Without a personal connection to forestry or the fishing industry, he sought out an education in business, earning both a BBA and MBA degree from Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. While working for a New York based financial services company, he was introduced to competitive sailboat racing and spent time on the waters in and around New York and Long Island sound.
Derek has spent most of his career in business analytics with a major financial services company providing support for business strategy and decision making. Through his 20+ year career, Derek has built expertise from backroom operations to the front office, with experience in banking, retirement, trust operations, finance, marketing, and client analytics. His analytics speciality is bringing together people, business knowledge, consumer behavior and applying data science to discover opportunities. He is a leader of client analytics with a focusing on influencing business decisions using advanced statistics to discover undeniable trends and patterns of customer behavior. He is a Certified Retirement Planning Specialist (CRPS), a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC), and has held positions in mutual fund sales as a licensed Financial Advisor (Series 6 and Series 63 licenses).
Derek also serves on the Wake Forest University MS Business Analytics advisory board and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Data Analytics and Business Models. He is a frequent speaker to the next generation of data scientists on the trends and needs in the business world.
Derek lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and is still only a short distance from coastal North Carolina and the call of the ocean. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities from marathon running, hiking, biking and sailing. He and his wife are inquisitive travellers finding interesting places visit and learn local culture and history.
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