• With a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Derek worked at Price Waterhouse for several years before joining Shaker in 1997 as Financial Services Supervisor. Once at the agency, his career took off. As Derek would tell you, it was against all statistical probabilities that he advanced from Financial Services Supervisor to Director to Vice President within seven years. But he did; a meteoric climb, no matter how you look at it.

  • As Chief Operating Officer, Derek oversees the agency’s A/P, A/R and accounting functions and manages its benefits plans. He also has a superior understanding of technical systems and serves as the agency’s Chief Technology Officer, spearheading all infrastructure enhancements and technology upgrades. He also provides key strategic growth insights to the management team based on sales and market trends. In short, he keeps the agency running like a top.

    As the official numbers guy, Derek takes his share of abuse from his Creative counterparts – but it’s (generally) all in good fun. Thing is, he always gets the last laugh, being that he holds the ultimate trump card: the corporate purse strings. It’s like going to dad for the car keys…

  • Outside the office, Derek enjoys playing soccer and is a board member of a local softball league. He loves spending time with his family, keeping up with the latest technical gadgets, and squaring off in the online, team-oriented battle arena of League of Legends. Derek also showed off his acting skills in a starring role in a recent agency video. Really not as dull as you’d expect of an Actuary…

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