Derek grew up in Chicagoland area, where he enjoyed a great childhood, learned the value of a hard day’s work and the appreciation of midwestern values. Derek had several family members who lived in Florida and during the annual holiday visit he would often wonder why he had to leave the sugar sand beaches for the slushy snow back home.
After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Marketing minor, Derek was hired by a Fortune 500 company, where he quickly pursued licensing in the Insurance, Securities and Mortgage arena. In 2001, he was given an opportunity to live and work in Pinellas County…the dream of living in Florida became a reality. Derek’s career has been dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals – be it ensuring their future, planning for retirement or realizing the “American Dream” of owning a home.
“I am proud to be a part of Homeowners Financial Group. We are committed to serving the needs of our clients. Becoming a homeowner is one of the most amazing events in someone’s life and requires proper guidance through a very complex process and I am proud to be part of my client’s team where we make that happen.”
Outside of the office, Derek is very active in the community whether it be with friends, family or volunteerism. “The Tampa Bay area is thriving with activity from the Beaches to Busch Gardens. There is always something to do…at least according to my 2 kids…and if I’m not with them, I’d rather be golfing”.
Derek is also a board member of the Community Service Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to work with families and individuals to provide a healthy living environment, quality of lifestyle, support services and training to put them on the road to self-sufficiency, financial stability, and self-respect. In accomplishing our mission, we provide affordable housing, educational training in homeownership and household budgeting, Fair Housing counseling, and other related housing services to Pinellas County residents. www.csfhome.org
Derek is proud to be a leader in the community and for his family, where he uses that same sense of dignity, professionalism and integrity in the mortgage business.