It was Derek’s love of finding elegant, non-obvious solutions to problems that attracted him to MAYA’s Strategy Practice. Here, he gets to partner with some of the worlds greatest companies to re-think their business models, explore and develop new offerings, and positively impact their cultures.
Derek’s career path has been roundabout—he’s previously worked in field biology, startup operations, customer service, carpentry, consulting, and design. The diversity has proven to be an asset for developing creative solutions with a wide array of clients. Throughout his career, Derek has relied on his knack for learning things quickly and his predilection for good, old-fashioned hustle.
He works out of MAYA’s New York office, but spends plenty of time in Pittsburgh collaborating with his teammates.
Places I’ve Lived
Grand Rapids, MI
Saratoga Springs, NY
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Outside of MAYA
You’ll find me building furniture or cabins, camping, sailing, taking pictures and reading.
Quote That Inspires Me
“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
First Thing I Built
I grew up carving spoons with my grandfather and learned a lot about designing good, usable objects from him.