Proudly at VDB Compass through real estate and hospitality, Derek has spent the last 15 years making a name for himself in New York City. In fast-paced, service-oriented markets, he built a solid career by fostering lasting relationships and providing an unmatched experience to his clients. This dedication earned him a profile piece in the New York Times, won him the "Deal of the Year" award by the Real Estate Board of New York in 2018, and landed him in the spotlight of multiple leading publications including the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and the aforementioned New York Times.
Derek’s confident approach and determination to help his clients succeed drive every sale. As a top-producing broker at Douglas Elliman New York, Derek and the Pinnacle Award-winning Ariel Cohen team brokered over $100 million in real estate transactions since 2014. While helping clients achieve their goals, Derek's philosophy is to "make interactions effortless and deliver excitement with every transaction." His commitment, pizazz, and overarching need to satisfy make him an optimal candidate for the real estate needs of every customer.
Now in Seattle with VDB | Compass, Mark von der Burg’s top-producing team, Derek continues to surround himself with the best in class. Specializing in condo living, marketing-based sales, and artful negotiations, he brings passion and expertise for real estate to the VDB team and Seattle market.
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia and raised in Ohio, Derek wrestled for the Buckeyes during his Ohio State University days. Presently, he enjoys life in Seattle's University District with his wife and two sons. Derek continues to pursue his cultural passions with Seattle's remarkable restaurants and art galleries. He is also a devoted runner and Ironman triathlete.