Derek grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He spent many childhood summers here in Friday Harbor visiting his Aunt and Uncle. He graduated Temple University with his bachelors degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geography and Urban Studies. Knowing he was best suited to start his career in the Northwest, Derek decided the San Juan islands were the perfect place for him. Derek enjoys watching any and all sports, golfing, skiing, and anything that brings him to the outdoors.