Derek's journey in advertising is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite a series of physical setbacks, including a fractured hip, broken leg, and multiple knee injuries, he chose not to retreat to his home state of Alabama but to forge ahead. His career in sports may have ended, but his drive and commitment found a new avenue in the competitive world of advertising. His ability to overcome adversity has not only shaped his character but also propelled him to notable success in his field.


In the realm of advertising, Derek has distinguished himself as an awarded creative, earning recognition such as Adweek’s Top 100 Creatives of 2022, One Club ADC Silver Cube, a Vimeo Staff Pick, and a feature on Adweek. His directorial projects for brands like DoorDash and Ford showcase his skill in immersive storytelling and stunning cinematography. These achievements reflect his commitment to excellence and a deep-rooted belief in the unending grind, indicating that for Derek, giving up is never an option.