Derek grew up along the Platte River and central plains of Nebraska. Here he spent a good deal of his free time chasing pheasants through the extensive CRP fields, falling in love with archery hunting deer, and learning to talk to turkeys. Many trips hunting along the Missouri River and the Loess Hills of Missouri during the rifle season lead Derek to northwest Missouri. He graduated with a biology degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
After meeting his wonderful wife, Jenna, they settled down in Lee’s Summit MO, and have two boys, 6 and 4, and a ball-of-fire 2-year-old girl. “I have always had a strong connection to Missouri after all the rifle season openers spent at a cabin in the Hamburg Bend area in the northwest corner. Those days in the deer stand with my father, brothers, and friends, deeply engrained a passion for whitetails and deer hunting. Growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska, I was fortunate enough to be involved with wildlife and conservation programs when I was young, and develop an appreciation and respect for all wildlife ecosystems. I joined United Country because they are made up of a group of men and women with the same passion from the top of the organization to the bottom. The United Country brand has been a huge influencer in rural America for a long time. Serving farmers, outdoors enthusiasts, and rural homeowners since the early 1900’s.”
Derek, with his servant centered demeanor, is here to make your experience with United Country a pleasure. Whether you make your living off the land or live your life on the land, give Derek a call.