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Derek is a business professional, entrepreneur, and athlete, who lives in New York City. After receiving a B.S. in Business Administration, he spent several years in the financial media industry, before earning an MBA from Rutgers University. He currently works in Portfolio Management at Deutsche Bank and operates two business ventures, Viola Umbrella and SportVenom. Outside the world of business he enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle, competing in a wide range of endurance sports, including several marathons and long-distance triathlons.
When not in civilian clothes, you’ll find him providing global air mobility and logistics support in the U.S. Air Force, as a Master Sergeant with more than 10 years of service. Closer to home, he enjoys serving the local community, most recently as a career development counselor in the education sector for disadvantaged youth with StreetWise Partners. Previously, he founded a speed-mentoring event for high school seniors and a charity challenge that raised money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit that gives education scholarships to the children of fallen and disabled military service members. Prior to that, he was a Disaster Action Volunteer for five years with the American Red Cross.
Having traveled to more than 25 countries all over the world, he’s gained perspective and admiration for other cultures, with strong appreciation for social justice and human rights. He believes that travel is a great educator that facilitates dialogue, while broadening cultural perspective, understanding and empathy.