Derek has held every major position in franchising, having been a franchisor, a franchisee, a consultant, and coach.
Derek spent the early part of his career working in the start-up space, specifically online IT training during its inception in the 90s and early 2000s. He gained experience in launching new businesses, developing them, while experiencing how to take a startup company public during the .com boom. After working in the startup .com space, Derek was introduced to franchising, where he found success leading the franchise expansion efforts for a number of industry-leading franchise systems. Soon after, he became a franchisor, co-founding the nation’s first energy auditing franchise system, building a network of successful franchisees across the United States. Derek has helped create, build, and manage franchise systems from the ground up, overseeing, and taking part in every aspect of the creation.
Today, Derek uses his two plus decades in franchising, and business startup experience, to help guide his clients, using franchising as a path to fulfilling their aspiring goals. He has personally helped hundreds of new business owners buy their first franchise. Derek offers a well rounded perspective that informs his clients not only how to evaluate franchise brands, but also in coaching his clients, helping each individual avoid common entry level pitfalls, while providing education of the franchise brands being considered.
Derek currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife and their four boys. He is active in his community, serving others, spends a good amount of his free time with his family, friends, as well as coaching youth athletics with his four children.