Derek is the President and CEO at LifeGuides. Derek is a proven growth-stage entrepreneur and technology maven, with a specialization in e/m-learning. In 2010, Scrimmage was founded where he served as CEO and is now Executive Chairman. Scrimmage is a global software company, focused on personalized education for corporate learners. Derek built Scrimmage without venture capital financing, and ultimately grew the enterprise to a seven-figure EBITDA, with two nominations to the “Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.” Scrimmage’s clients include a who’s-who of the healthcare industry and other leading brands. Scrimmage, and Derek, have been the recipient of 28 industry awards from organizations including: Best Places to Work, Chief Learning Officer, The Association for Talent Development, Brandon Hall, Life Sciences Training and Educator Network, and Abundance 360 by Singularity University. Scrimmage is recognized for its high employee engagement rate and satisfaction, as indicated by low employee and customer churn, high growth and its philanthropic initiatives.
Derek is a thought leader and speaker on employee growth and engagement at the intersection of technology, innovation and learning. Derek brings a wealth of relevant experience into everything that we do at LifeGuides. He was an early seed investor in LifeGuides for $100,000, and has served smartly as Vice Chairman of the Board, as well as the key strategic advisor to the CEO.