Derek is a visionary leader with a passion for real estate and community development. He is experienced in selling, building, developing, and consulting real estate for over 15 years. Derek sold real estate in Houston, TX from 2006-2014, and was a board member and real estate director of Southeast Houston Community Development Corporation from 2009-2012. Derek has saved residential and commercial property owners over a billion dollars in property tax valuation through property tax hearings for over 9 years. His passion to develop and revitalize communities has been a central part of his life from an early age. He grew up in transitional and underserved neighborhoods in Houston, TX. His goal is to revitalize communities in transition through a holistic approach to community development. He believes in revitalization without gentrification! Derek is the Director of Housing Initiatives for Abounding Prosperity Inc, a nonprofit in South Dallas, TX. He is implementing a housing program to develop permanent supportive housing, micro-restaurants, market rate housing, class A commercial buildings, transitional housing, historic remodels, and mixed-use projects. His life is devoted to spreading the love of Jesus Christ through his life as an example, his professional work, community action, and service to those in need. He serves on three community nonprofit boards, NTARUPT (North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens), Faith in Texas, and The Friends of Juanita Craft Civil Rights Museum. He has three children Derek JR., Madison, and Bryce.