Derek was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. From his first “computer” the Vtech VTG LWTM his primary interest has always been technology. After school, he started work managing computer systems in the oil and gas industry. Through 20 years in Information Technology, his experience ranged from Windows NT 4.0, dot matrix printing, and legacy PBX to building automation, storage infrastructure, and computing virtualization. Additionally, he’s been involved in project management, video production, physical and digital security, process improvement, and facilities management. Outside of the workplace, Derek enjoys spending time with family and friends, 8 and 16-bit gaming, genealogy, and cooking.