HELPING BUSINESS SUCCEED THROUGH POSITIVE ACTION.
As President/CEO of Nebraska’s third-largest chamber, Derek carries a fun and creative energy with him as he walks through the doors of the office each day. He believes in bringing about positive change by fostering a can-do attitude in those around him and is proud to serve and promote the quality of life in our community.
Derek maintains a strong commitment to leadership and public visibility, recognizing that both are essential to grow and sustain the mission of the Chamber. He actively works to expand the Chamber’s reach with his hands-on leadership style and innovative troubleshooting. This can be seen through how he relates to various organizations – through his interactions with Chamber members, individuals from the Kearney community, Chambers around the state, to overseeing our own day-to-day operations.
Outside of the Chamber, Derek is President of a nonprofit business, Impact Art. He possesses more than 15 years of experience as a teacher, and many more as a former collegiate athlete and coach. Altogether, Derek is passionate about supporting the growth and education of others.
Derek's favorite motto, "Do Right," is a tenet he picked up from his father (which happens to combine very well with the Chamber’s slogan “Kearney Can Do”!). With his beautiful wife, Meggie, Derek continues to pass this teaching on to their four daughters.