Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Derk graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Texas. He established his analytic skills and a commitment to customer service during his early career with IBM and IBM Consulting. Subsequently, Derk has directed IT functions in organizations as diverse as aerospace (Boeing), bananas (Chiquita Brands Intl.), and blood (Carter Blood Services). He also directed a national practice in merger and acquisition services with Grant Thornton Tax and Accounting, honing a particular skill set in helping small/medium businesses transition from steady-state growth to accelerated growth.
As a technology leader, Derk strives to position IT as a strategic business asset to provide enabling technologies that lead the business strategy. As a family man, he cherishes time with his wife, three daughters, and six grandchildren and loves to ski and waterski in Utah’s ideal playground.