Michael grew up in Huntington, Long Island, New York and lived in NYC for over 10 years. He has always been passionate about New York City Real Estate. His serious approach to customer service and the desire to put all different types of New Yorkers in the home that fits them best are what makes him stand out as a Compass agent.
While attending Morrisville State College School of Engineering in 2003, Michael began his career as part-time mortgage broker— Shortly after, he began investing in commercial and residential real estate. He acquired several multi-family properties in upstate NY, including Utica and Syracuse. Fast forward a year, and his real estate consulting business is born. By the age of 24, Michael seized an opportunity in commercial real estate finance, moved to NYC and began his consulting business for commercial real estate in Manhattan, managing and advising a small team of consultants. In 2009, Michael saw an opportunity in investing in the stock market and commodity futures giving birth to his investment career, where in, he managed his own portfolio.
With his passion for real estate Michael joined DSA Realty in summer 2015 and later joined EXR Group in February 2016. He has served various management roles at EXR. He served as the Director of New Development and Director of Resource Development. Derard managed the new development pipeline and sales processes with unparalleled proficiency and expertise. Through engineering and executing his recruitment and retention strategy, Michael provided leadership, recruited, hired, and provided training for over 75 agents and oversaw 400+ transactions including over 12 New Development projects. In July 2017, Michael joined Compass with his team, Realo. A group of talented young entrepreneurs with the appetite to navigate and match their clients to their perfect home.
During his free time Michael loves to watch basketball, football, and ESPN. You might also catch him at a comedy club such as Comedy Cellar or Gotham to get out a good laugh.