Derek was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Battle Ground High School and Oregon State University where he met the love of his life Kim. Insurance is a family business for Derek; his Grandfather started in the business in the early 70s, followed by his Father, so he was born into this industry. Derek went into insurance after college where he started from the ground up. When his family sold their insurance business, he worked for iQ Credit Union then AAA. After a year sabbatical he found a good fit at Evergreen Insurance. Derek enjoys concerts and is a lifelong Seahawks fan. He likes thriller/suspense movies and reading Clive Cussler books. His favorite vacation spot is Mexico and loves hiking, the ocean, and the beach. He currently resides in Yacolt with his wife Kim of 24 years and their dog Quinn.