Derek was raised just outside Chapel Hill, NC and studied philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
He started his real estate sales career on the Carolina coast, learning the fundamentals as a broker’s assistant working for one of the largest developers in the southeast. He quickly established himself as a licensed broker, working with several of the area’s top developers on various projects and properties.
In 2006, Derek co-founded a full-service real estate sales, marketing and consulting firm specializing in all aspects of developer sales where he experienced multiple facets of real estate development, from land acquisition and due diligence to concept branding, marketing and selling.
In the spring of 2008, Derek’s firm was hired for consulting work for a new development in Banner Elk. Upon visiting for the first time, he immediately fell in love with the area. Having developed a great appreciation for extraordinary land, the High Country was a dream come true.
In June of 2015, Derek joined Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, with a focus on establishing the leading luxury real estate group in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Derek enjoys the High Country’s outdoor activities and has a passion for music and animal rights, serving on The Board of Directors with The Avery County Humane Society. He is committed to making himself and The Mountain Group at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty an industry leader in service and to redefining luxury in the North Carolina High Country.