Derek began his career by enlisting in the United States Air Force, following in his father’s footsteps to serve his country. Once his enlistment ended, he spent the next seven years working for the Department of Defense.
He then moved onto join a large regional bank, KeyBank, where he was instrumental in leading the change for how the business bought and managed their $120M contingent labor budget. It was at that time that Derek gained an appreciation for the staffing industry and subsequently joined TalentLaunch, a network of independently operated staffing and recruitment firms.
At TalentLaunch, Derek held the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the enablement support functions and service delivery to the $150M portfolio of staffing companies in the network. During his time with TalentLaunch, the network hit the ceiling and in 2017 found the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). Derek was responsible for the rollout, served as Integrator during that time, and saw the value in a simple and transparent business model.
In 2019, Derek began a new journey as part of the TalentLaunch Network to help bring EOS to the staffing industry as he became a Professional EOS Implementer.
Derek resides in his hometown of Amherst, Ohio outside of Cleveland with his wife Kelli and their four children, Gianna, Elijah, Kennedy, and Reagan. He also gives back to his local community as an elected official.