About this Speaker
A military veteran and avid gamer with competitive gaming experience, Derek recognizes gaming was the gateway to his successful tech career, and now uses his diverse knowledge and experience to help drive the gaming industry forward. He has worked with many professional athletes and celebrities throughout his career, producing numerous Esports and gaming events. His expertise was put to use during the inaugural season of the NBA’s 2k league, where he provided career advice to newly drafted pro gamers. He was the first in Pinellas County to produce a scholarship gaming tournament series entitled, STIX-to-GLORY. This tournament was the first of its kind to give high school students the opportunity to use their gaming skills to earn college funding. He believes Esports promotes social inclusion, diversity, peer engagement, and friendly competition. Derek actively advocates for increased minority participation in the Esports industry. He is considered a thought leader in the discussion about - “The Benefits of Implementing Esports’ Programs in Schools.”
Derek is always interested in growing his gamer list. His gamer tag is “highpointgamer.” Also, feel free to connect and engage with him on social media @highpointgamer.