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Derrick is an entrepreneur, musician, sustainability philosopher, talk-show host, vegan, 2010 Green Pioneer Award winner, DEMO Idol and public speaker. His background includes experience in the fields of logistics, sustainability, software development and fund raising. He has a deep understanding of the recycling industry having been involved in sustainability and product stewardship programs for Fortune 10 companies. Derrick is the former CEO of a Software as a Service application GreenNurture.
The Phoenix Business Journal recognized him as one of 12 Green Pioneers in 2010.
Derrick is the former Vice President of Energy Reclamation Initiatives for Earth911 and 1-800-CLEANUP where he worked to advocate corporate social responsibility through development of end of life recycling and reuse initiatives in the consumer products industry.
During his time with Earth911 he developed labeling initiatives that encouraged recycling for organizations like ExxonMobil, BP/Castrol and Ashland Oil and worked closely with the petroleum, chemical and paper industry on the development of product stewardship and recycling initiatives.
After leaving Earth911 Derrick began working as a venture partner with NotePadGroup in Scottsdale, Arizona where he was recruited as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Buildproof, one of the NotePadGroup's investments. At Buildproof, Derrick executed a strategic partnership with ServiceMagic, assembled the Buildproof team and infrastructure while helping to bring the product to market.
Derrick has worked on a number of other initiatives including the development of Green UP program through UsedPrice.com, providing expert oversight and strategy to create an e-waste reduction initiative focused on educating consumers and business decision makers to keep obsolete and outdated electronics items out of landfills through reuse or recycling. The initiative created content and widgets that calculate the value of electronics items to determine if asset recovery or recycling is the best solution. The program lists manufacturer and retailer take back programs as well as giving ideas and suggestions on ways to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.
In addition, Derrick is a writer and guest expert for such publications as Triple Pundit, Environmental Leader, Green Economy Post and AZ Green Scene. Derrick speaks publicly on corporate sustainability at such events as the Wal-Mart-sponsored NWA Green Expo and is a Board Member of the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce.
Derrick's most recent endeavor was the creation and development of GreenNurture a web based application that helps companies incorporate sustainability as a core business principle.
GreenNurture is a private company based in Tempe, Arizona. Officially launched at the DEMO Conference in March 2010.
Derrick is the host of Your Triple Bottom Line, a weekly, one-hour radio program and continues to advise for public and private companies on sustainability and environmental issues.
In 1998, Derrick spent a few semesters in ministerial school at Greater Works School of Ministry where he took an interest in the bio-diversity of species while writing a research paper on the life of Monarch butterflies. It was his research, about the loss of habitat and diminishing populations of the Monarch, that inspired him to begin living a more conscious life understanding the impact humans have on other species.
Derrick is married to fellow Pennsylvania native Tracyann Mains, and they currently reside in the Phoenix metro area.
Derrick has been involved with local music scenes since his early 20's and currently focuses most of his performing on Blues and Soul. His most recent endeavor, Derrick and The Redemptors, is currently on hiatus. However, Derrick recently was able to display his musical talents at 2010 Spring DEMO Conference. His recreation of the famous Wilson Pickett hit "Mustang Sally" crowned him the winner of the Spring 2010 DEMO Idol contest
You can see some of his performances on YouTube
And hear a number of performances at his band MySpace page
Derrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org