Derek was born and raised in Midcoast Maine. After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in Power Engineering, he spent 8 years working primarily out of the country as an engineer for an offshore ultra-deep water oil drilling company. While he enjoyed his time in Brazil, Ireland, Holland, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, he decided to leave the oil field to start a family back in Maine. Following his passion for building, he started his own residential construction company in 2005, building high end homes in the Midcoast region. With his excellent communication skills, pride in quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, he quickly became a preferred subcontractor to Knickerbocker Group, eventually joining the company full-time as a Project Manager.

Derek spends all of his free time with his wife, Elleanor, and their three sons, Samuel, Sullivan and Benjamin.