In Loving Memory of our beloved Teammate
As an experience real estate professional and entrepreneur, Derek joined Retail Strategies as a Retail Development Coordinator carrying nearly a decade of industry experience in tenant representation, landlord representation, strip & neighborhood center leasing and property management.
Derek has worked alongside 49 municipalities throughout 12 states including: AR, FL, IN, IA, IL, KS, KY, MO, OK, PA, SD & VA holding his client’s interests & economic development vision at the highest level. Derek understands that trust, honesty, transparency and consistency are the pillars supporting any relationship, but this is particularly true in retail recruitment and development partnerships.
At 18, Derek started his first retail clothing business and understands the obstacles businesses of all sizes must overcome to stay relevant and profitable in today’s global marketplace. The common denominator for success and sustainability in any retail setting is building trusting relationships.
Recently, Derek has transitioned into the Northeast and Midwest markets where he focuses on recruiting new-to-market retailers, facilitates relocations, back-filling 2ndgeneration spaces & ground-up developments on behalf of his clients. Derek has successfully assisted in leasing hundreds of thousands of SF of retail space for his client base.
Derek is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with a concentration in Corporate Investment Management. Derek returned to his Alma Mater where he worked as a Graduate Assistant while earning his Master of Science in Marketing degree specializing in Analytics and Global Market Management.
Derek is a licensed real estate professional, member of ICSC, and is currently pursuing his CCIM designation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, offshore fishing, freediving and watching the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Mucking horse stables in July.
Fanny packs…They are just practical. (If they ever were in style)
Archeologist. Fossils Rock!