Derek decided to become a real estate broker because of his innate desire to interact with and help people. Having been in sales since he was a kid, Derek has honed his skills over decades, becoming a casual, low-pressure teammate to buyers and sellers who want to enjoy the experience as they buy or sell their home. Derek moved from Virginia to Steamboat Springs in 2004 to take a teaching position at Colorado Mountain College. Since then Derek has worked for CMC, Steamboat Resort, and spent 10 years as general manager of Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare. As a resident and a participant in the Steamboat community, Derek has fostered many relationships across the broad spectrum of local residents.
Derek moved to Steamboat so he could make an impact in a mountain community. He earned a degree in Urban Planning from Radford University in 1995, which contributed to his desire to improve the community he lives in. Living in Steamboat, where there are already interested residents, has made it even easier for Derek to find ways to give back.
Derek understands, relates, and empathizes with people who are overwhelmed by the home buying experience. He is a strategic problem solver who understands what the end result needs to be and can maneuver around the obstacles to get there. Derek enjoys the art of negotiating and works comfortably with the other side to help close the sale.