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May 12, 2016

A Message from Derek:

As a life long resident of the Chesterfield and Ballwin region, many of my fondest memories are of spending time with family in our City’s parks, playing sports, and learning music at our local schools. I am proud this community has had such a large role in shaping my life. When my parents moved our family to the region, the cities of Ballwin and Chesterfield were still very young. Our roots grew together. I played varsity football, basketball, track, saxophone in the Missouri State Jazz Band, and served in student government. In college, I continued to grow my passion for athletics and music, but became more focused on business, earning a degree in Business Administration.

Diverse experiences in business and education have certainly impacted the growth of my character, but it is the love, strength and support of my wife which has had the most profound impact on my life. With her gentle guidance, family and serving those I love have become my biggest priorities. Both of us have our roots in the area and can’t wait to share all the District has to offer with our children!

Throughout my life, I have observed successful individuals and noted those who are truly successful share certain qualities. Business professionals, coaches, professors, and musicians whom I most respect are unrelenting in their search for excellence, passionate about serving others, and always willing to learn and share. They are enthusiastic, possessing a spirit of optimism. These are the qualities I try to emulate in my own life and plan to bring to our Missouri capitol.

I have made positive contribution a priority in my life through membership and committee work with organizations like Chesterfield Arts, Progress 64 West, Habitat for Humanity, and the Urban Land Institute. In my professional career, I am a seasoned leader who successfully doubled the size of a thriving family company in just 3 years, managed the day to day corporate services (including acquisitions and facilities operations) of a retail firm with over 1,600 locations across the country, and now own a small business serving the needs of area residents.   I have enjoyed finding solutions to challenging problems in all of these experiences and feel they have prepared me to serve you well. I look forward to your support and bringing a fresh perspective to the great state of Missouri!