Derrek's varied past is responsible for bringing this belief about professional passion to light. Early in life, he had the opportunity to be a part of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps—a world-class music group. This was his first experience feeling the fulfillment that came from being part of a group that nailed the soft skills. In his professional life, he has worked as an engineer at Collins Aerospace and a marketer at DISH, which has allowed him to see how corporate culture functions across different roles and industries. But throughout his tenure with both of these companies and others, he was never able to find passion or fulfillment.