C12 Chair since 2018
Derek has been in Charlotte for 25 years and has loved seeing the city transform. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Derek came to Charlotte in 1994 to join NationsBank. Since then, the city’s marketplace – and skyline – changed in significant ways; as part of that, Derek worked for NationsBank/Bank of America for 23 years, building business and internal-consulting experience through enterprise-wide projects and strategic programs. In 2017 he left financial services to spend intentional time at home (focused on his wife Anne and three teenaged sons) and in the community (sinking more time into church and various volunteer efforts). Over the past two decades, he has been involved in the city through the Charlotte Leadership Forum, the Foundation for the Carolinas Impact Fund, Halftime Carolinas, partnering with Reformed Theological Seminary, and chairing the Board of The Barnabas Center, a counseling/teaching/training non-profit in town. Derek led the Diaconate at his local church for many years and now serves as an elder there. He loves the way God is leveraging C12 to use the gospel to address concrete marketplace challenges of local business owners: better-defined (and purposeful) strategies; clear execution of goals; and operational excellence, just to name a few. And how He does that within, across and through the discipleship of our Peer Advisory Boards.