Testimonials

  • I can’t wait to go home and share with my husband. It would be interesting for us to work through the five gears and learn what we each need for becoming fulfilled.Rochelle Behling, Learning Project Manager at Kohl’s
  • If Derek was the last speaker I ever heard, I would be fulfilled. He was electrifying.Diana Kuemmerlein, Human Resources Manager at PFlow Industries
  • Derek does his homework and knows his audience. The way he personalizes his presentation to the people in the room I have only seen paralleled by Stephen M. R. Covey.Dan Burnett, Author and Learning Consultant
  • In 2 short days, I learned more than I would’ve ever imagine from Derek. From now on, I will look at things much differently… take my time, slow down, listen, and hear what people are saying.Cheryl McGrady, City of Madeira Beach
  • Thank you for your drive and passion to not only this company’s employees but also those abroad. Your leadership has a global impact. Thank you for your endless commitment to developing those within your reach.Shawn Lukach, Sales Manager at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Because I bring back so much value, my company now pays me to come to Derek’s workshops.Stephanie Awe, Manager at UW Credit Union
  • Derek is a one of a kind of person. I’m where I am at right now because of his mentorship in management and leadership, as well as how to be a better and more driven person. I couldn’t have done it without him!Sarah Ashenden, Fitness Director at Fitness Formula Clubs
  • The content of Derek’s presentation stimulated much discussion. The participants who attended found it informative and thought-provoking. Derek’s personal touches about his life as well as our company really hit home.Kim Simandl, HR Coordinator at Western Building Products
  • Derek is an example who any of us within the organization can follow. He leads with compassion, empathy, grace, and wisdom. Most importantly, Derek continues to recognize that he still has room to grow, change, and learn.Sarah Stoecker, Member Services at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • What an amazing presentation. I loved the way Derek captured the attention of everyone in the room! Several long time Rotarians told me that in 30 years, they thought this was the best ever!Richard Mannisto, Vice President of Development at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • That Derek loves what he does really shines through!Tink Linhart
  • Derek’s blogs are a bright spot in my day! I usually don’t give too much time to reading blogs, but his is a “must read.” He’s spot on every time and forces me to look at life and work with a fresh perspective.Tim Raasch, Brand Marketing Creative Director at Marquette University Athletics
  • When I first received Derek’s blog, I wasn’t sure that I would read it regularly because I have so much to read. I looked at the first couple out of curiosity and now look every week out of interest. I’ve really enjoyed receiving the blog each week and I think he is on to something. His topics and perspective all speak to me.Jamie Van Dyck, Human Resources at Eventium
  • I particularly enjoy reading Derek’s reflections on leadership that come from his daily experience and interactions because they mirror opportunities that come along in my life every day… opportunities if you will, to make conscious choices to “move” by changing the way I perceive or think about what lies before me, perhaps taking a risk, or keep going as I have been.Karl T. Schultz, Director of Operations, Community Hospital Division, Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin
  • I often think, “That was exactly what I needed today!” after reading Derek’s posts.Craig Swiontek, Director of Transfer Admissions at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Derek has a wise, mature, and present mind and soul.Jim Mizes, President & COO at Blaze Pizza
  • Derek really hit the nail on the head with his full integration of our company values. The amount of interactive exercises with genuine thinking for our team was perfect. The office is now buzzing with energy!Cindy Abraham, GE Capital
  • Derek brings a no-nonsense approach to wellness, team building and personal development. His tailored approach deeply engaged the audience and made for an enjoyable 2-day event. We’ve already implemented a number of positive changes to our daily routines.Shane Crawford, City Manager at City of Madeira Beach
  • Derek is an extremely hard worker and is very organized. I am always impressed with his knowledge and dedication.Jon Dykema, Staff Counsel Football Administration, Detroit Lions
  • Derek is the most detailed oriented person that I have ever seen. He is always on top of everything and is very easy to work with. I enjoyed working with Derek and can’t say enough good things about him.Bridget Graba, Executive Assistant at Auburn University Men’s Basketball
  • Derek is an eager, tireless worker with a wide range of duties under constant pressure. None of this diminishes his extremely positive attitude. To the contrary, that pressure is what makes Derek stand apart from the crowd.Fred Vint, NBA Sales Manager at XOS Technologies
  • Derek is always efficient, timely and takes pride in his work. He is self-motivated and always eager for the next challenge. He demonstrates daily that he is knowledgeable, trustworthy and a pleasure to be around.Anthony Houston, Owner at Houston Hoops
  • Derek’s message to our team was very well received. Many of the players commented about how much they enjoyed it and were looking forward to implementing the lessons they learned.Ben Murphy, Former Head Football Coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • Derek is a well-organized hard working person! He simply gets the job done. Intelligent as well a great sense of common sense, Derek is a true asset.Chris Jones, Assistant Coach, Utah State University Men’s Basketball
  • Derek is a great role model. He’s always out spending time engaging people. He is uniformly positive as I’ve never seen him without a smile. His door is always open, and he never is impatient. The measure of leadership is how one’s team performs, and Derek clearly excels as a leader. Ken Hallett, Attorney
  • I attended one of Derek’s workshops and found it to be very informative and energizing. So much of the material applies directly to the business environment. I’m very excited to have the rest of my team hear his message!Linda Miller, Manager IT Client Services at Johnson Controls
  • Derek is awesome! He is hands down one of the best leaders I’ve ever met. It is rare to find someone who not only knows what it means to be a leader, but takes action and does what it takes to be a leader. He gets it.Cat Kung, Adjunct Professor at Cardinal Stritch University
  • Derek has been, by far, the most influential “boss” that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. He inspires me on a daily basis and teaches me things that will serve me well in future endeavors.Kevin Barry, Digital Sales Associate at Journal Broadcast Group
  • Derek motivates me to continue my own personal development. His commitment to personal development and relentless pursuit of excellence is something I admire and pushes me to improve myself.Chez Misko, Owner & Chief Operating Officer at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Derek is a natural born leader. His initiative, drive and energy are admirable. As a manager, he motivates, mentors and develops his staff. He is continually seeking ways to improve himself and the people he leads. He sets high expectations, while providing the tools needed to succeed and praising staff along the way. I attribute much of my growth to the example he has set for me. He offers support when I need it and trusts my judgment and decision making skills when I don’t. I am extremely fortunate and grateful to have such an influential mentor.Becky Krueger, Master Instructor at Cardinal Stritch University
  • Derek is an extremely hard worker and is very organized. I am always impressed with his knowledge and dedication.Jon Dykema, Staff Counsel Football Administration, Detroit Lions
  • Derek is the most detailed oriented person that I have ever seen. He is always on top of everything and is very easy to work with. I enjoyed working with Derek and can’t say enough good things about him.Bridget Graba, Executive Assistant at Auburn University Men’s Basketball
  • Derek is an eager, tireless worker with a wide range of duties under constant pressure. None of this diminishes his extremely positive attitude. To the contrary, that pressure is what makes Derek stand apart from the crowd.Fred Vint, NBA Sales Manager at XOS Technologies
  • Derek is always efficient, timely and takes pride in his work. He is self-motivated and always eager for the next challenge. He demonstrates daily that he is knowledgeable, trustworthy and a pleasure to be around.Anthony Houston, Owner at Houston Hoops
  • Derek has a tremendous work ethic. He accepts challenges with an inspiring enthusiasm. No task is too big…or too small. He is an excellent team player who works well with everyone around him.Mike Grahl, Vice President, Digital Platforms at Milwaukee Bucks Inc.
  • Derek paints a clear path for his team, which is one that we follow, not because we have to, but because we want to. He leads by example and inspires them to dream more, do more, and become more. He truly fosters a supportive environment where team members can thrive and strive to make a difference. Derek’s dedication to personal development and growth is unmatched, and to say his ambitions lead to high achievement is an understatement!Julie Philippi, Programming Manager at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Derek does not work behind closed doors, but is very accessible to everyone. He excels by creating an energetic atmosphere and makes all those he comes in contact with feel important, and a necessary addition.Ed Anhalt, Dean of Education at International University for Graduate Studies
  • Derek is extremely organized and always willing to assist while beyond the scope of his responsibilities. His team-first attitude earns him respect. Derek is a man of integrity with amazing people skills that will serve him well in any endeavor.Craig Pintens, Senior Associate Athletic Directors at University of Oregon
  • You truly do take your time and energy to help me grow and develop. You are a real mentor and I appreciate more than you know.Sara Brugman, Director at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • In this day and age of “experts” who want to tell us just how much they know, Derek is just the opposite. Derek has become an expert coach because he’s willing to listen first, and then tailor his approach to meeting the specific needs. In no small terms, he “gets it.”Dave Rusch, President at Cardio-Start
  • As a leader, you make me feel that I have something to contribute…something valuable and unique.Alicia Valleskey, Personal Trainer & Group Fitness at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Derek has been a terrific mentor for me. Once I told Derek my goals he was quick to help show me the way to get there — he enjoys developing others to see them rise up and succeed. Derek is energetic, passionate, has a tremendous work ethic, and tenacious drive to be the best he can be. I know that I will achieve my goals due to Derek’s leadership, guidance, and motivation.Alan Markos, Branch Manager at TCF Bank
  • Derek is a phenomenal motivator and leader. He is not only a model of organization, but also an incredibly innovative and enthusiastic personality. The support and encouragement he provides is outstanding.Kelly Shafer, Account Manager at Aerotek
  • Derek is easy to work with. He is diligent, driven, and very good at making sure his vision comes through to fruition.Dr. Allen Van Scoyk, Owner at Chiropractic Company
  • Derek provided an energetic, enthusiastic and engaged workshop for our educators. The valuable information on communication and connectedness has been transformed into action by our staff.Dr. Mel Lightner, Superintendent at Grafton School District
  • I’ve been at Derek’s keynotes and attended his workshops. They have really helped me move the needle in my personal and professional life. Derek understands, teaches and lives the concepts and helps others daily.Joe Sweeney, Author of Moving the Needle & NY Times Best Seller Networking Is A Contact Sport
  • I was fortunate to have coached Derek for two years. During that time Derek was one of my more remarkable players. He was never out worked or out hustled. He was also an outstanding role model and leader. A positive and enjoyable personality makes Derek a joy to work with.Ed “Skip” Noon, Director of Athletics at Wisconsin Lutheran College
  • When I think of Derek, I think balance. His ability to be a leader, mentor, boss, and friend is incredible. Derek has the ability to not only encourage his staff to become leaders, but to strive to reach their ultimate career goals. He is heavily devoted to developing his staff and bringing out the best in everyone he meets.Lauren Senour, Staffing Consultant at Baker Tilly
  • Derek has been a great mentor to me over the years. His organization, attention to detail and enthusiasm/passion for continuing education as well as living a healthy lifestyle are all contagious. He is always willing to help, develop, and grow his team personally and professionally. Derek has helped me set goals for my career and inspired me to keep achieving for more.Sarah Bromann, Studio Director at Minocqua Dance
  • Derek delivered a professional, concise, informative and meaningful presentation. We all left inspired to make health a priority in our lives.Kari Miller, Assistant Executive Director at Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
  • Derek has a natural ability to lead and motivate others of all different types of personalities and is uniquely able to relate to anyone. Derek is a highly motivated and driven person in all aspects. He is an extremely hard worker and will do everything necessary to make sure a job is done right. He is fully accustomed to working and thriving in high pressure/intense situations. Derek is very intelligent and highly personable.Mike Kinsella, Former Basketball Player at Marquette University
  • I can’t thank Derek enough for all the time and effort he has spent mentoring and developing me over the years. His dedication to learning, growing and improving is an inspiration to me.Nikki Wille, General Manager at Wisconsin Athletic Club
  • Derek always displays hard work, perseverance and goes above and beyond what is expected.Ryan Morgan, VP at Robertson Ryan & Associates Insurance Agency
  • Derek is a hardworking and talented man who takes pride in the product he puts out. I learned so much from him and I still apply many of the things he taught me today. Derek is going to be successful in whatever he does because he cares about doing things the right way. Derek is one of the best workers I’ve ever been around, but he’s an even better person which makes him a great leader.Nick Bennett, Assistant Coach at UW-Whitewater Men’s Basketball
  • Derek has an infectious presence! He is on fire for contributing to the effectiveness and fulfillment of people. Derek has a passion for gathering knowledge from some of the most inspirational thought leaders of our time….and then transferring it (supported by his own life experiences) to others. I’ve participated in Derek’s professional development sessions, and he has a great talent in front of a group. He is knowledgeable, encouraging and a great teacher.Aleta Norris, Partner at Living As A Leader
  • Derek brings an amazing amount of energy and professionalism to everything he does. As a communicator and speaker, his confidence, enthusiasm and sincere interest in his topic and audience are obvious. He is terrific!Mary Gwin, Former President at Dale Carnegie Training
  • Derek is an outstanding leader who continues to strive for personal and team growth and development on a daily basis. He is one of the hardest working, focused, and determined individuals I have ever met. You can’t help but learn something from Derek by just spending a quick 5 minutes with him.Nikki Wille, General Manager at Wisconsin Athletic Club